Release Date: September 10, 2008
Kennesaw State presents two nights of performance poetry
Contact: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Assistant Director of Public Relations, 770-499-3417 or email@example.com
Performance poet Gypsee Yo
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies will present two nights of performance poetry, including an appearance by cerebral poet Rachel Hastings. The two events will feature unique programs and will be held at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 20, respectively, in the Performance Hall at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
Hastings, a doctoral candidate in performance and cultural studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is known for incorporating advocacy and performance ethnography into her spoken word appearances. Her previous performances have centered on the politics of race and Hurricane Katrina, and have included innovative multi-media components. She has toured with Slam Poetry Champion Javon Johnson and renowned performance ethnographer D. Soyini Madison. While at KSU, Hastings will also participate in several workshops with students. The event’s coordinator, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Hannah Harvey, says, “Not only does Hastings bring credentials from the Slam Poetry world, but a credibility and cultural conscience that reflects in all of her poetry and performances.”
Also appearing is acclaimed local poet Gypsee Yo (Jonida Beqo), a Slam Poetry Competition Champion. Four KSU students—Scottie Rowell, Andrew Criegler, Daniel Hilton and Greg Garrison—will also perform. “The two evenings will be wildly entertaining and will also have you asking questions about the world around you in delightfully provocative ways,” says Harvey.
Tickets for the performances on Sept. 19 and 20 at Kennesaw State University are $15 per event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call the box office at 770-423-6650. This event features themes and language that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.