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‘Fire and Rain’ slam poetry presentation is open to the public

3/5/2012 —

The public is invited to attend a free presentation of slam poetry at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building auditorium.

Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa will present ‘Fire and Rain,’ a program of poetry that allows the poets to perform original work, individually or as part of a team. Manner of presentation and enthusiasm are important as well as content of the work.

In their poetry, this duo captures their dual heritage while seeking to educate, enlighten, and entertain. Born of mestizo, or mixed blood, Joaquin and Natasha have fallen victim to the question, ‘What are you?’ Their poems aim to answer that question by giving identity and voice to those born of two cultures as different as ‘Fire and Rain.’

Zihuatanejo is the No. 1 ranked slam poet in the world as well as an award-winning teacher, and Carrizosa is the current Slam Champion of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Both performers have shared the stage with a variety of poets and performers, including Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu.

The program is sponsored by the Offices of Student Affairs and Student Activities. For information, contact Robin Schreck, coordinator of residence life and student activities, at ras62@psu.edu or 724-773-3947, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

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