Teacher, Gainesville High School; Director, Canes On Da' Mic
Nicole A. Harris is a fifth year teacher at Gainesville High School. From Miami by way of Jamaica, Nicole was raised around stories. From the time she could write, she was illustrating them and reading to her family, a childhood pastime that never stopped. Nicole went on to compete in oratorical and recitation contests, eventually entering the world of performance poetry and toured South Florida with Evoke 180’s Word Poet Troupe. In her second year of teaching, she saw a need for this type of expression at Gainesville High School and with then 10th grader, Adrian Dixon, founded the ‘Canes On Da Mic Poetry Club. In its first year, students from this club formed a bond and even competed on an international scale at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. ‘Canes On Da Mic is the first club of its kind to represent the city of Gainesville on that scale in youth performance poetry. Students meet weekly to craft their story-telling through poetry. From 2014-2018 she was also the youth coordinator for ARTSPEAKS, a local poetry nonprofit and festival, and hosted/organized their Young Voices showcase each spring. This showcase is a display of 30 students from 7 different schools in Alachua and Columbia county on a teen-only mic, sharing their original poetry in a way that is raw, creative, and vulnerable.
Session Title:Gainesville – What’s the Story, and What Do We Want to See Keynote Panel
Track: Inclusive Recreation
Description: In this panel, we will be bringing together leaders from different spaces in Gainesville to discuss a topic of their choosing that they feel is important to consider as we move forward as a community.