Youth Poetry Slam Camp features spoken-word poet Kevan Cameron

This summer's Poetry Slam Camp at UBC's Okanagan campus will feature a slam performance and workshop with the renowned spoken-word poet Kevan Cameron, also known as "Scruffmouth."

This event will take place July 23 to 25 and is sponsored by the Creative Studies Department of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, and CanWest's Raise-a-Reader program.

Scruffmouth is a spoken-word artist and a veteran of the Vancouver Poetry Slam. He has been slamming and performing dub poetry since 2004, and made his first Van Slam team in 2007, and again in 2008 as Grand Slam Champion. He is a published poet and has extensive experience at slams, performing in the film and television industry as well as writing for the page.

He uses a foundation of hip-hop and reggae to express the personal reflection of knowledge of self and the Black experience in his word. He's also the creative director for the Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective, and the host of the bi-monthly spoken-word series and open mic, the Art of Word.

Scruffmouth will be giving a public performance in Kelowna on July 23 at a venue to be announced, as well as teaching the workshop.

The Poetry Slam Camp is a two-day workshop of writing, performance and learning held at UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna. It is open to high school students, ages 15 to 18, who live in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The camp is limited to 20 poets. For details on how to apply, see

The deadline for application is Friday, June 18, 2010.

For more information contact Nancy Holmes, head of the Department of Creative Studies, at 250-807-9369 or

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