GDL and Flint Public Library present spoken word performance

FLINT — As part of their final project, 16 students from the University of Michigan-Flint will perform at the Flint Public Library on April 9 from 5 – 6:45 p.m.

The FREE performance is part of Dr. Traci Currie’s “Spoken Word as Art and Communication” class.

“For 15 weeks we have spent time together, allowing students to identify themselves using spoken word,” Currie said. “Students have wrestled with their identities. The stories are honest. It’s some tough material.”

Spoken word is a form of performance based poetry that emphasizes word play and storytelling. Students will write their own material, but they will also pull from their favorite artists and authors.

“A lot of people in the class have been through things where other people have controlled their identity and I want them to break free of that. Breaking free sometimes means we hear uncomfortable things.”

Currie, a Jamaican-American poet, writer, and lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint, will also perform. Refreshments will be served.

This program is presented in partnership between the Flint Public Library and Genesee District Library. Flint Public is located at 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint. — G.G.

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