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Jason Selman

Performing arts
Slam poetry


Jason Selman

Jason “Blackbird” Selman has been active in the Montréal arts scene for more than 15 years as both a poet and a trumpet player. He has self-published several chapbooks over the years, culminating in his first commercially published work, The Freedom I Stole (2008, Cumulus Press). He also co-edited the poetry anthology Talking Book, which chronicles the writings of the one-of-a-kind musical ensemble Kalm Unity Vibe Collective (of which he is a founding member). Jason is also part of the dynamic live hip hop group Nomadic Massive. He is the creator and producer of the Intimate Sky performance series which features select members of both Kalm Unity and Nomadic Massive in enlightening, intimate small group configurations.

My focus is on open writing, feedback, “what makes for a good poem,” and performance and writing techniques. I will share my philosophies on poetry and discuss why it is such a powerful and important medium in today’s world. My goal is to show students how poetry is already part of their lives and how it can be used to help them express themselves and become more articulate and self-confident. Poetry has helped me grow as an individual and I wish to share my journey as an artist and active member of my community.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Activities will focus on the mechanics of writing, the therapeutic elements of poetry, performance poetry, and the different musical and artistic movements that inform it (hip hop, beat poetry, dub poetry, jazz, etc.). Audiovisual materials play a major role in the workshops, both providing context and inspiring new work. Within the workshops students will be encouraged to write poetry, be introduced to the work of poets ranging from young voices to luminaries in the field, share their own work, and eventually develop the skills to perform their work with confidence.

Other examples of activities

Writing Exercises:

  • Write 5 things I like about myself.
  • Write 5 things I dislike about myself. Students combine both lists to create a poem.
  • Write a collective poem where each student contributes one line.
  • Write a poem based on the 10 most significant moments in your life so far.
  • Write a poetic response to a poem presented in audio/video format.
  • Write a letter to your adult self.

Special conditions

Writing Materials, projector, stereo equipment

For information

Jason Selman
Phone : 514 279-4896
Email :

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)



Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

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