[Rackham] The Art of Uniting Through Story

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The Diatribe

Facilitated by The Diatribe, a non profit organization that uses performing arts to empower people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members in their communities, this workshop will help attendees to peel back the layers they have built to expose the raw, beautiful, and impactful pieces of their story that many fail to see as relatable. Attendees will get familiar with these two artists through listening to their story and soaking in their craft. Those attending will then work on crafting their own stories through creative expression.

Facilitated by Diatribe teaching artists Marcel “Fable” Price, and Gleason.


Marcel "Fable" Price

...Is a North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, motivational speaker, and executive director of non profit organization The Diatribe.

Fable is the 2016 recipient of a Community Advocate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is a 2020 Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses Black Bottom Community Builder Award winner, and was the 2017-2020 Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI. 

He is the author of Adrift in a Sea of M&Ms (2016) and is currently working to finish his second collection of poems titled New American Monarch, an extroverted caterpillars guide to becoming an introverted butterfly. Among other goals, Fable hopes to launch a youth center focused in preforming arts, writing, and community advocacy in the 49507 zip code. 

As the youngest, first person without a college degree, and only person of color to hold the title of Poet Laureate in Grand Rapids, MI, his work has been heavily influenced by contorting personal experiences into a kaleidoscope used to examine glass ceilings for points of fragility. 

He lives to be a beacon of vulnerability for those that can relate to his work.

His work has previously been used by PBS, The Flynn Foundation, Mental Health America, and Habitat for Humanity. His poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Grand Rapids Grass Roots Anthology, The Spoon Knife Anthology, Button Poetry, and Write About Now



Gleason is a Michigan poet and performer, whose sharp tongue and soulful heart educate, encourage, and inspire. They are the Director of Education of The Diatribe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting and inspiring the youth through poetry. Gleason’s work has been commissioned by local and national organizations, including The Hope Network and The National Fair Housing Alliance. They have represented Grand Rapids in slams on national stages and co-coached The Retort United Slam team from 2017-2019, which took home the third-place trophy for Group Piece Finals at the 2018 National Poetry Slam. They have spoken at TEDX events and universities across the country and their work has been featured by NPR, Pride.com, Curve Magazine, and DivaMag UK

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