Lacey Roop hosts poetry reading and writing workshop

Lacey Roop, nationally known spoken word artist and author of her poetry book, “And Then Came the Flood,” came to UAA last Tuesday and Wednesday night to perform and hold a workshop for students. In 2011, Roop came in sixth place at the Women of the World Poetry Slam and represented Austin, Texas, in the Individual Poetry Slam.

Roop has opened and performed with many known spoken word artists such as Andrea Gibson, Staceyann Chin and Seth Walker.

Michael Graupman, arts contributor at Culture Map, described Roop’s art: “Her gravel-and-honey voice transforms her written words into kinetically charged shrapnel that will get lodged in your brain.”

Originally from Mississippi, Roop is the first member out of four generations to leave her home town. She started as a business major but quickly realized college isn’t for everyone.

Roop opened up her show Tuesday night with her poem “What’s so Crazy about Having Waves in Your Veins?”

“And they tell me that I can’t keep the ocean in my ribs,
but I do.
That dangerous things live there.
That there have been stories of
barracuda monsters,
octopuses with 15 tentacle, testicle thingies,
whales that will swallow you,
and sharks that can’t wait to taste a human.
But despite all of this the manatees and mermaids
are enough to keep the waves in my veins,
so I’m swimming.
I got the touch of beautiful women in my shivers
even though I don’t know the meaning of love
I know the feeling of ?ngers
and that’s enough to get me by
For now.”

Roop performed several poems, including “American Doll,” “Gravity of Stars,” “Gender is a Universe” and a handful of new, unpublished poems. After her performance, Roop sold her book and signed copies for the audience. Wednesday night held for a smaller crowd for her writing workshop. During her advice and tips on performing poetry, Roop claimed her love of poetry didn’t start until she attended a spoken word event in her early 20s.

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International Studies major Blake Ervin attended her writing workshop Wednesday night to get advice from a nationally known talent.

“The way she speaks in and of itself sparks creativity. That gal is an inspiration to this entire world because I don’t think she even realizes how influential her words are,” Ervin said. “She made me dive deeper and revamp old and new ideas alike.”

During her performance, Roop ended the night with a line from her first poem, which seemed to stick with the audience: “Does anyone really know where the good grows and the bad lives?”

Roop’s poetry can be found all across the Internet. Her book can be bought on her website at http://www.laceyroop.com.