Date: Friday 23 September
Time: 17.00-19.00
Location: F Word / Bollox, De Binnenpret

The workshop has a limit of max. 20 participants. Please sign up beforehand via

Organiser, poet and performer Elisabeth Severino Fernandes (Mama’s Open Mic) and slam poet and performer Samira Saleh will give a poetry workshop inspired by their experiences and training during the ‘Next Generation Speaks’ exchange and ‘Youth Talks’ program.

In this workshop Elli and Samira will stimulate your ability to tell stories, to critically and creatively express your voice and to perform your personal narrative to diverse audiences in the form of poetry and spoken word.

Elisabeth Severino Fernandes

Elisabeth Severino Fernandes was born in Madrid to a Portuguese mother and Dominican father, but grew up in Belgium. Elli is the host and godmother of the notorious Mama’s Open Mic sessions and Grab the Mic stage in Antwerp. Next to organizing, teaching and coaching young talent, she’s a versatile performer and a dedicated social worker in Molenbeek Brussels. Her poetry is an electric blend of her rhythmic Portuguese-Spanish mother tongue, her rebellious spirit and contagious sense of humor.

Samira Saleh

Samira Saleh is a badass upcoming poet from the Antwerp scene that translates personal feelings and experiences into slam poetry. Her poetry touches on serious issues but keeps a humorous edge without losing its message. She was part of the Slam ‘t Stad poetry tournament and performed for different projects all over the country, such as the Female Takeover in a Man’s World show, the 44th Women’s Day, Stand & Deliver, Nuff Said and Jazz n’ Words.

Warrior Poets

This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Warrior Poets, a Brussels-based collective fueled by litanies for survival. The collective creates open spaces where personal narratives can be shared through poetry and spoken word performances, lectures, music and healing discussions; focusing on decolonizing knowledge and raising intersectional consciousness.

This is a collaboration between The F Word Festival and Sorry We’re Open, the neighborhood art & culture fest about migration, organized by the Side Room in Amsterdam Zuid.

Sorry We’re Open
Saturday 18 – Sunday 24 September
Schinkelbuurt & Hoofddorppleinbuurt, Amsterdam Zuid


After the workshop, Elli and Samira will perform poetry and spoken word at the opening party of The F Word at OCCII. Later they will play at B2B2B DJ set together with Lia and Gia of the Warrior Poets: Boogiewomen Crew!