District 5 has become a co-sponsor of The Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Network's 2014 Power of Words Conference. All D5 members will be receiving a special invitation to the event that will include a $30.00 registration discount. There will also be table space available at the conference for D5 members to sell books. The conference is scheduled for September 19-21, 2014 at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center in Kansas City, MO.
The 11th Power of Words Conference will have workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals. Keynoters are Kelley Hunt, international touring artist and singer-songwriter; Kevin Willmott, award-winning filmmaker, writer and director;
Doug Lipman, storyteller, coach, mentor and author; and Scott Cairns, poet and writer. Artists-in-residence are poet, painter and muralist Jose Faus, and storm and weather photographer Stephen Locke.
A special pre-conference reading features five Missouri and Kansas poets laureate: Wyatt Townley, William Trowbridge, Walter Bargen, Denise Low, and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
The TLA and conference web site can be found here.
The Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Network supports individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. TLA offers an annual conference, The Power of Words; online classes; a global community-building project, One City One Prompt; membership, and ample resources. TLA is an emerging field, profession, and calling that acknowledges and supports the power of the spoken, written, and sung word to encourage community-building, cultural shifts, health and healing, liberation, and celebration. The Transformative Language Arts Network is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.