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Well-known Slam Poet Aya de Leon to Perform at UW-Eau Claire April 19

RELEASED: April 10, 2008

Aya de Leon
Aya de Leon

EAU CLAIRE — Slam poet, writer and pop culture feminist Aya de Leon will perform her original poetry at 7 p.m. April 19 in Schofield Auditorium.

The event is free and the public is welcome. A question and answer session with de Leon will follow the performance.

De Leon addresses gender and race issues in her writing. She has been praised by The Washington Post, Village Voice, American Theatre Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle.

She has published four books and released two CDs, "Aya de Leon: Live at La Pena" and "Joy in the Struggle." A graduate of Harvard University, De Leon has given workshops at Stanford University and currently teaches at the University of California-Berkeley.

"Clever and insightful, armed with lots of sass and a commanding presence, de Leon tackles almost everything she encounters with the same mixture of effective honesty and humor," wrote The San Francisco Chronicle. "Her wit, coupled with an anti bling-bling sensibility, is a crowd favorite wherever she goes."

De Leon won the Burning Books award in 2000 and in 2004 was named "Best Discovery in Theatre" by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Slam poetry is a competition in which poets are judged based on their performance of original work or occasionally other poets' writing. The audience judges the performances, ranking them on a scale of zero to a high score of 10. Performers adapt unique styles of recitation ranging from hip-hop styles to monotone. Music and props are typically not allowed at a slam event, but some performers use tap dance or choreography to enhance their performances.

This event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, Office of Affirmative Action, College of Arts and Sciences, English department, Latin-American studies department, McIntyre Library, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Provost's Office and the women's studies department.

For more information, contact Addison Miller at 715-836-2387 or e-mail milleadd@uwec.edu.

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