Write to speak
Write to Speak is a campaign run by the Word Warriors, a spoken word poetry group, to introduce performance poetry to young men and women from diverse communities in five urban centers in Nepal. As part of this campaign, the Word Warriors hope to build public platform that give voice to those who have been traditionally suppressed. With a special focus on young women and marginalized communities in Nepal, the campaign will give the youth an opportunity to speak out and be heard. Write to Speak was funded by the Center for Culture and Development, Denmark from 2014 to 2016, and by the US Embassy’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund for 2017.
Since 2014, the campaign has introduced spoken word poetry to youth in seven cities around Nepal: Pokhara, Birgunj, Dharan, Banepa, Dhangadhi, Surkhet and Bharatpur. Youth collectives around the poetry and art have been successfully setup in most of them allowing them to come together and freely express and learn through the arts.
Who are the Word Warriors?
Word Warriors are Nepal’s first spoken word poetry group that was founded after the QC awards 2010: The Poetry Slam. Since then, the group has been doing many activities to promote Slam Poetry in Nepal. Whether it is Sarah Kay’s workshop in Kathmandu or the celebration of the World Poetry day, Word Warriors have made its presence felt in Kathmandu’s poetry scene.