Small Group Discussion and Mini-Workshop
with Ken Arkind
Students: Don't miss this opportunity to meet Ken Arkind in a small group. Arkind will discuss his work and lead a mini-workshop. Arkind is a National Poetry Slam champion and long-time poetry slam coach. Bring your questions about the intersection of poetry and performance for this unique time with one of slam poetry's top poets and performers.
Celebrate imagination, voice, and persistence this April.
Celebrate National Poetry Month.
April 19, 2011 | 3-4 p.m.
Parrington Hall Forum, room 309 | Map to Parrington Hall
Space is limited; registration required.
> Also: Sign up for Poetry: From Pulitzer to Performance with Philip Levine and Ken Arkind and a Small Group Discussion with Philip Levine.
is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam
Champion and full-time touring artist who has performed in almost all of
the lower 48 states, Hawaii, Canada, and at more than 200 colleges and
universities. With Panama Soweto, he is one-half of The Dyamic Duo, the
nation’s most-highly-booked spoken word act.
Arkind has been featured in
the documentaries “SPIT!” and “Slamplanet” as well as on HBO, CBS, NBC,
and Borders.com’s Open Door Poetry series alongside former U.S. Poet
Laureate Billy Collins. A regular fixture in the Denver music scene,
Arkind has opened for such acts as The Flobots, Gil Scott Heron,
Devotchka, Sage Francis, Ani DiFranco, Cloud Cult, P.O.S., and NPR’s Amy
Goodman. The only poet signed to Hot Congress Records, Arkind’s work
has been published in numerous literary anthologies and journals across
the country, including The Good Things About America. His first collection of poetry, I Know Why Georgia Turner Waited by the Train Tracks, will be available summer of 2011 from Penmanship Books.
He is currently the
executive director and head coach for the Denver Minor Disturbance
Poetry Project, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to
helping Colorado youth find their voices through poetry and performance.
Arkind’s poem, “An Experiment in Noise, in A Sharp Major,” is featured in the 2010 UW Common Book.
selection committee wanted to have slam poetry be represented in the Common Book. We saw
it as an underrepresented genre in the academic community and also saw it as a
genre that really registered with students. Arkind's poem, had
a message that we thought would resonate well with students. It had momentum.
It had beautiful imagery. And it worked great on the page. You
can't help but like him."
--Sam Kolodezh, student ambassador for the UW Common Book, on the inclusion of "An Experiment in Noise,
in A Sharp Major (Poem to be Read as a Pledge)" in the Common Book.
This event is sponsored by Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office of the Dean and First Year Programs.
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