Vandy Spoken Word presented “Bucket List” on Feb. 2 and 3 in Sarratt Cinema.
Their showcase centered around the structure of a bucket list that included such items as getting published, meeting the president and going to space. Through discussing a bucket list, VSW highlighted significant concerns regarding race, mental health and body image.
In addition to solo and group performances of poetry, VSW welcomed guest appearances by Melanated A Capella and VIDA.
"VSW is a space for creative expression. It challenges members to develop their voices in an encouraging, peer-based, non-judgmental environment,” said sophomore Cortez Johnson. “I absolutely have a blast each and every time I'm performing. It isn't easy, but a success is that much sweeter. Being able to communicate my emotions and opinions through speech, and receiving those messages from others is a beautiful and rare opportunity that is thriving in VSW. It is easily one of the most valuable organizations Vanderbilt has to offer."
“The biggest thing I took away from Bucket List was the vulnerability required to write and perform one's truths. I really found that inspiring from writing my own piece to hearing everyone else's pieces,” said Gregory Ridgel, first-time spoken word performer and writer. “The way everyone put themselves out there for the performance required a level of honesty that I hadn't really experienced at Vanderbilt before this, and is why I'll try to continue to participate with VSW in some capacity in the future.”