Harvard College Speak Out Loud (SOL) is an inclusive community of artists dedicated to creating and promoting original spoken word poetry. We embrace and encourage collaboration with other groups to foster new conversations around identity and other topics. We emphasize both the personal journey of writing and community aspects of the public one of performance. Most fundamentally, we believe that by speaking our stories, accepting them as works in progress, we can build a supportive community where we challenge ourselves to make art honestly, responsibly, creatively. SOL welcomes all who wish to write or listen, regardless of experience or affiliation.
SOL hosts and co-sponsors numerous events throughout the year. Past events include:
Celestial Poetry Night (co-sponsors: Student Astronomers at Harvard-Radcliffe)
Mental Health Open Mic Night (co-sponsors: Room 13, Contact, Student Mental Health Liaisons, Response)
Fall and Spring Slams
A yearly CUPSI showcase
Weekly writing workshops (held usually in the Harvard College Women’s Center)
Featured performances of spoken word poets & touring groups
These events are organized by the SOL Board, a group of involved poets who love putting on events, getting together and watching spoken word videos on youtube, writing, and just generally increasing the presence of spoken word on Harvard’s campus!