Slam poet returns to shine in Social Services

Poet and filmmaker discovers true passion

Slam poet returns to shine in Social Services

Graduate, Andre Fenton, will return to NSCC in fall 2016 to pursue a career in Social Services.

“I’m striving toward staying here to help build the community for young people.” -Andre Fenton

Fast Fact

Slam poets perform original work using only a microphone within a set time allowance during poetry slam competitions. Props, music and costumes are not permitted.

“I may not ever reach the stars, but that doesn’t mean I can’t shine” – Just Shine

Looking to combine his passion for storytelling with his desire to help others, Andre Fenton is returning to study at NSCC for a second time. The award-winning filmmaker, slam poetry artist and NSCC alum will begin the Social Services program at Waterfront Campus this fall.   

While learning filmmaking and communication skills in the Screen Arts program, Andre thrived. “If you love doing what you’re doing, you’re going to love every second of it,” he says. “I hadn’t really had a learning environment like that before I came to NSCC, so I’m excited to go back in September.” 

Andre is an active member of the arts community in both the spoken word and film realms. He has won awards in the Emerging Lens Film Festival in Halifax for two consecutive years. One submission, Just Shine, a cinepoem or spoken word on-film, was an independent project he produced while studying Screen Arts. 

Andre has also competed in national slam poetry competitions performing in cities across Canada, and sits on the board for Spoken Word Canada. He draws inspiration from hip hop and much of his art is fueled by his desire to bring awareness to social injustices. “It’s the most important thing to me,” he says. 

Andre found his love for poetry when he was younger and used it as an outlet to help navigate through depression and teenage angst. Now, he helps facilitate the Hali Youth Poetry Slam, providing an opportunity for youth in Halifax to do the same.

“When I was younger, I felt there weren’t many options for me,” he says. “I’m really happy to give young people a platform to express themselves artistically.” 

Andre looks forward to learning more ways he can continue to support the youth in the community while studying in the Social Services program.

“Through art, I’ve learned to rise above things that have been holding me back. I don’t want to look back, I want to look forward,” he says. 

“If going forward brings me to a place where I can help people who were like me, and if I can be the person I needed when I was younger, that would be fantastic.” 

 

11/07/16

“I’m striving toward staying here to help build the community for young people.” -Andre Fenton

Fast Fact

Slam poets perform original work using only a microphone within a set time allowance during poetry slam competitions. Props, music and costumes are not permitted.

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