You probably saw some of their members at the Blue and Gold Talent Show this past weekend. They spoke their poetry; they let people know what they are going through and how they feel. They are part of Leaked Ink, the new spoken word club.
President Alli Rybak is a senior English literature major from Huntersville, North Carolina and wants everyone to know that Leaked Ink is for “anybody who’s interested in taking poetry off the page.”
“It’s an opportunity for people to express themselves without worrying about being judged by other people,” adds Vice President Nikia Squire, a junior communications major from Colombia, South Carolina. “It’s just an environment where it’s an open diary. If people want to get something off their chests, this is the place to do it without worrying about how other people feel.”
Squire first used music to “vent,” but found the art of spoken word to be even more powerful. “I began with music, but then I just eventually dropped the beat so everybody can listen to the words. Like I told our club when we had our first meeting, you can have a good beat and everyone’s going to listen to the beat, and not listen to the words. So, I just took the middle-man out so you can hear me directly.”
Squire also uses spoken word as a way to share her story and connect with others. “I just wanted people to know ‘This is what I’m going through, this is how I feel.’ It’s a way for me to express myself and also for people to know they’re not the only ones going through whatever [they are].”
Club members are not required to perform. Students can attend meetings just to listen to the work of others. “I’d like to emphasize that it’s really for anybody who’s interested in exploring what spoken word is,” says Rybak. “We have a lot of people in the club who don’t perform, they just enjoy being there and being part of it and listening. And that’s awesome, because everybody expresses themselves differently and we don’t want to exclude anybody just because they don’t want to get up on stage and perform.”
If speaking poetically piques your interest, you can join the club by simply showing up to their meetings, which are held every other Monday at 9 p.m. in the Levine Center Crown Room. The next meeting will be held on Oct. 6. Their first event—an open mic night—will be held on Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. in the Lion’s Den. Feel free to swing by and listen or even leak your ink.