Spoken Word

Enjoy original spoken word performances by artists in residence.

According to the Poetry Foundation, Spoken Word is defined as: “A broad designation for poetry intended for performance. Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, and jazz, rock, blues, and folk music. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. Related to slam poetry, spoken word may draw on music, sound, dance, or other kinds of performance to connect with audiences.”

RestOration: A series of spoken word performances by Alana Jackson, an adjunct artist in residence for Arts in Medicine

Alana is a songwriter, performer, and spoken word artist who has performed original work in cities spanning from NYC, to Belfast, Ireland.

Restoration 1

Walk Wildly

A spoken word performance that touches on the freedom of creativity in all its forms.
“Give the world your energy and receive it in return. Walk wildly.”


restoration 2


The plays on words, mesmerizing vocalizations, and consistent rhythm of this piece are rich and thoughtful. Enjoy as Alana explores what it means to be well, or a “well being”.


restoration 3

Mirror Image

In this piece, Alana eloquently describes an inner monologue wherein the speaker is having a conversation with herself. Full of doubt at first, the speaker tells her mirror image that she is worthy of her own dreams and is more capable than she yet knows.