A Battle of Waterloo was played out via poetry and spoken word this past term as one of UWaterloo’s youngest clubs hosted the Battle of Waterloo Poetry Slam.
Sarah Khalid, vice-president and co-founder of Warriors in Words, explains the club's creation as a way to bridge the gap between poetry and spoken word.
I felt like there was a need for a more permanent solution where the two [poetry and spoken word] could be merged for the community at large. Warriors in Words does this while also offering an open and safe environment for people to share their passion for both spoken word and poetry.
The club hosts bi-weekly meetings where members come together in self-expression, and each meeting includes engaging and creative activities designed to challenge and enhance the poets’ writing. Every meeting also ends with an open mic opportunity.
Looking ahead, Warriors in Words hope to form a competitive poetry team, so that they can compete in the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational at the University of Texas.
It will be the first time the University of Waterloo will be represented at the national slam competition, and we'll be amongst many other prestigious universities at the event such as Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, to name a few.
For anyone interested in joining Warriors in Words, Sarah extends a warm invite.
Everyone is welcome, from those who want to learn to write and perform, to those who simply appreciate it, and everybody else in between. There’s a huge sense of acceptance and comfort to be yourself and share your work amongst members which helps everyone grow as poets.
To stay updated with club events, you can follow Warriors in Words on Facebook.