National Performance Poet Ken Arkind to Appear at Western, March 15

March 12, 2012 — National Poetry Slam Champion Ken Arkind will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the Taylor Auditorium.

Western’s own WordHorde Spoken-Word Performance Troupe will serve as Arkind’s opening act.

Arkind, who also is a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam champion, is a full-time touring artist who has performed worldwide. He has been featured in the documentaries “SPIT!” and “Slamplanet,” as well as on cable and television networks.

With Panama Soweto, Arkind is one-half of The Dynamic Duo, the nation’s most highly booked spoken word act. He was also a member of the influential Spilljoy Ensemble tour, a collection of the country's premiere young spoken word artists, and was recently part of The Global Poetics tour of Australia.

A regular fixture in the Denver music scene, Arkind is the only poet signed to Hot Congress Records. He has opened for acts like The Flobots, Gil Scott Heron, Devotchka, Sage Francis, Ani Difranco, Cloud Cult, P.O.S. and NPR's Amy Goodman.

In 2011, Arkind published his first collection of poetry, "I Know Why Georgia Turner Waited by the Train Tracks" (Penmanship Books). His work also has been published in numerous literary anthologies and journals across the country, including “The Good Things About America” (Write Bloody Publishing) and the University of Washington's 2010 Common Book, "You Are Never Where You Are."

The event is sponsored by the WSC Program Council, Council for Creative Expression, WordHorde and the Department of Communication Arts, Languages and Literature.

This event is free and open to the public.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 12:45pm