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Poetry Slam - Diversity Competition - "I, Too, Am America"

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The University of Texas at Dallas

The Art Barn

800 W Campbell Rd

Richardson, TX 75080

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2017 Slam Poetry Diversity Competition

I, Too, Am America

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Thursday, March 28 in The Art Barn

Prizes
1st Place: $800
2nd Place: $600
3rd Place: $300


Poetry slam participants must attend at least two poetry slam workshops.

Join us in The Art Barn for "I, Too, Am America": the 2017 Slam Poetry Competition. Students will be under the instruction of slam poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo for one month preparing group pieces. Listen to their ideas regarding diversity and hear their voice.

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Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, in his work Joaquín strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. Sometimes brutal, but always honest his work depicts the essence of barrio life, writing about a youth that existed somewhere between the streets of the barrio and the dream wanderings of a boy who found refuge in a world of stories and poems. Joaquín has been called by critics, “one of the most dynamic and passionate performance poets in the country, melding equal parts comedy, poetry, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks…always thrilling, Joaquín’s hilariously manic presentation is full of compassion and nuance, never sacrificing substance for style, leading many to call him poetry slam’s answer to John Leguizamo.” A National Poetry Slam Finalist, Grand Slam Spoken Word Champion, and HBO Def Poet, Joaquín has performed his poetry at universities, conferences and poetry slams all over the Unites States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. In 2005, Joaquin was featured on season five of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry for HBO. Joaquín was the poet chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2009 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris, France, a competition that he won besting 13 poets from 13 different nations making him the number one ranked slam poet in the world on both sides of the Atlantic. He currently lives just north of his hometown of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. Joaquín has two passions in his life, his wife, Aída, and poetry, always in that order.

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