March 4, 2020

Kish poetry workshop happening March 12

Kishwaukee College’s Poetry Committee will lead interactive poetry workshops in a regularly occurring series on campus. Assistant professor of communication Matt Weibel and adjunct assistant professor of English Bear Wolf will lead “So You Wanna Be a Slam Poet” on March 12 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Art Gallery (C1260). The event is free and open to the public.

The poetry workshop series invites members of the community to join Kish faculty, staff and students in thoughtful engagement and interaction with poetry and poetics. “So You Wanna Be a Slam Poet” will look at ways to perform a poem for a live audience. Attendees will learn about public speaking, body language and intonation as well as analyze a handful of slam poems. Kish will host a poetry slam on April 30 at 12:30 pm for National Poetry Month.

Assistant professor Matt Weibel earned his bachelor’s in public relations from Bradley University and master’s in communication from Illinois State University. He is currently the honors program coordinator at Kishwaukee College. Adjunct assistant professor Bear Wolf holds a bachelor’s from
Northern Illinois University in English language and literature. He received his master’s in creative writing and Native American studies from the University of South Dakota. He is an international award-winning slam poet and was a runner up in HBO Def Poetry Jam's 6th season.

Workshop participants are encouraged to park in lot B and enter through door 58 for easiest access to the Kish Art Gallery.

The next poetry workshop is “Erasure Poetry.” Sometimes referred to as blackout poetry, erasure poetry is a form of found poetry created by erasing words from an existing text. The workshop will take place April 16 from 11: 00 am – 12:00 pm in the Kish Art Gallery (C1260).

For more information about “So You Wanna Be a Slam Poet” contact Matt Weibel at or 815-825-9668 or Bear Wolf at