Do you study the migratory patterns of Grateful Dead fans? Do you write power ballads for the ukulele? Or lyric poetry about the outports? Can you recite the Icelandic poetry of Stephan Stephansson while standing on your head and drinking a glass of water? So you think you can dance?
If you’d like to share your work, whatever it is, at an upcoming Words in Edgewise please send us an email explaining who you are and what you do. And, chances are, if you can fit it into the gallery, we can fit it into the program.
Past presentations have included: singer songwriters, poets from Stephanville to Germany, paper quilters, post-apocalyptic survival packs for drag queens (presented live via Skype from England), impromptu dramatic readings of absurdist Czechoslovakian plays from the 1960s, and many others.
The range of possibilities at Words in Edgewise is endless, and we are more than happy, much more than happy, ecstatic even, to work with you to accommodate whatever sort of mind-blowing, life-altering, supercagafragaliciousexpialadocious (spelling?) presentation you could possibly imagine. But we would like you to keep a few things in mind when preparing your presentation.
1. Try and keep it within spitting distance of the time limit. Generally presenters are given 15-20 minutes to present, followed by 5-10 minutes of questions. Some presenters bribe the organizers with candy and get more time. Whatever the time that you negotiate with the organizers please try and stick to it.
2. Relax, we’re all friends. The beauty of Words in Edgewise is its complete lack of pretense. We would like to say we planned for it to be as laid back and fun as it has ended up, but it has just sort of evolved that way thanks to great presenters and audiences. So think of it as sharing your work with your friends. Because that is what we are, friends. Don’t worry about reading dense passages of philosophy, or wordy powerpoint presentations, just be yourself and share your work. Talk, sing, dance, show-off, play Youtube clips of kittens playing the piano.
3. Go nuts! Words in Edgewise is a great place to explore and experiment. So feel free to try new things, or old things in new ways, or new things in old ways, or whatever. If you want to try something out of the ordinary, if you want to push the envelope, if you want to rent a circus tent, set it up in the parking lot, and fill it with jugglers dressed like dead German philosophers, please do. Just let us know how we can help make it happen. (I can probably dig up my Nietzsche ‘stache if you need me to).
For inspiration, why don’t you check out some other brilliant folks presenting their ideas on TED.com.