Tish Jones and Guante will headline a free spoken-word event 7 p.m. March 22 at The Quarry in Atwood Memorial Center.
Poets, poetry interpreters, rappers and other spoken-word enthusiasts can participate in the open mic portion of the event by emailing email@example.com.
Called “Express Yourself,” the event asks participants to use their words to address change. Event promoters expect the event to provide a face-to-face element missing in our social media dominated world.
A spoken-word artist and activist, Jones hails from St. Paul, but lives in the hip hop nation. She addresses controversial topics, using her lyrical art to to make ugly truths more appealing.
She is the founder and executive director of TruArtSpeaks, a nonprofit that teaches performance art and creative writing in schools, libraries, art centers and prisons.
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a Minneapolis emcee, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work explores the relationships between identity, power and resistance. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is considered an expert on the nexus among spoken word, critical pedagogy and social justice education.
“Express Yourself” is hosted by KVSC 88.1 FM, St. Cloud State’s student-run, educational, public-radio station. KVSC is a 16,500-watt station with a listening radius of about 70 miles. The station’s frequency is 88.1 MHz, first on your FM dial.
Partial funding comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, authorized by Minnesota voters in 2008.