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Minor Disturbance GRAND SLAM!
Fri, April 7, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM MDT
Join us for our annual Grand Slam, where poets who have been working tirelessly to bring you their best work will perform and we will select the six poets that will represent Denver at the Brave New Voices International! These young poets have powerful voices and incredible craft, and their words are sure to move you.
This event will include featured performances from Colorado's first and current Youth Poet Laureates, Toluwanimi Obiwole and Ayla Sullivan!!
About our Features:
Hailing from both Denver and the elite slums of suburban Aurora, Ayla Sullivan is Denver's second National Youth Poet Laureate. They have spent most of their artistic efforts finding the intersections of activism and performance art (spoken word, theatre, and music). They have been the 2015 Denver City Slam Champion, a 2015 Brave New Voices finalist with the Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Team, and a 2016 Brave New Voices semi finalist with Minor Disturbance. They are currently studying Theatre and Secondary English Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, where they also work in the Gender & Sexuality Center, the Chancellor's Black Student Advisory Council, and advocate for CU's Queer and Trans People of Color. Ayla aspires to encourage youth activism in Denver through literacy and arts education.
Toluwanimi Obiwole is a Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised poet currently studying architectural engineering at CU Boulder as well as the Denver youth poet laureate. She is the author of two chapbooks: How to Become a Lightning Storm and OMI EBI MI (pronounced oh-mee ay-bee mee). She writes, hoping to cultivate her own black girl magic while creating space and a platform for people who have yet to realize that their voices are necessary.