Slam poetry will be featured on campus in March

January 16, 2012

Slam poetry comes to Penn State Beaver when Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Natasha Carrizosa present “Fire and Rain,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building. The program is free and open to the public.

Slam poetry allows 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, the 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 or 724-773-3947, or visit


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Last Updated January 24, 2012