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West Suburban Wordplay

Teen poetry / writing workshop, open mic, featured artist

In the wake of recent events where young people across the nation have felt the need to stand up and be heard regarding the injustices they see prevalent in the world around them, the Teen Writers and Artists Project (T-WAAP) gathers young people in different communities along the Fox Valley to write, share, & experience art celebrating themselves and their communities. In these spaces, they are given the opportunity to experience the power and joy in their worlds alongside the acceptance of the struggles they live with daily. "When we say 'Speak Your Truth' we really mean it," said Diana Zwinak, T-WAAP's founder and artistic director.

West Suburban Wordplays include a writing workshop from one of our own teaching artists, an open mic (open to any and all participants), all followed by a special feature. Bring your friends, your family, your instruments, and your art to share with us! Writer's Workshop starts at 6:30pm, Open Mic at 7:30pm, followed by a special feature from Watch City!


For over ten years, T-WAAP has worked with teens in suburban Chicagoland, offering mentoring and providing opportunities in the arts.

Corey Dillard is a Hack-of-all-trades. A poet, playwright, photographer, actor, improviser, and teaching artist, Corey has hosted several youth poetry slams, opened for Buddy Wakefield during his 2014 tour, and coached several teams of teens to compete in the annual Louder Than a Bomb competition. Corey has recently published a book of poetry entitled That One Black Kid--an examination of his life growing up black in predominately white suburbs.

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