Adams State Hispanic Heritage Month includes California Slam Poet


Voice, Vision, Rhythm a noon and evening with HBO Def Poet Mark Gonzales will include events on Monday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 13. The Adams State College Hispanic Heritage Month is hosting the California Slam Poet at 12:15 p.m. on October 12 in the ES Building room 103; and again at 7 p.m. Theatre Building Main Stage. A teacher workshop, for San Luis Valley high school and college educators will be held at 8:30 a.m. on October 13 in the Student Union Building room 308. All events are free and open to the public.

Beyond Bars and Boarders will address youth poetry, community and the organic intellectual during the noon session on October 12. This Human Writes Project workshop focuses on how to create a safe space for students to vocalize pain and beauty silenced by individuals and institutions, classroom and community.

"Where are you From"..."Between Indigenous and Indigo" is the title of Gonzales' evening poetry reading performance with student guests.

Shatter Silence, Speak Beauty: The Importance of Voice and Vision in Curriculum is the topic of the October 13 workshop. This interactive workshop will discuss the roots of modern youth culture, Hip Hop as a cultural immigrant, the link between the criminalization of its culture and the incarceration of its creators, and the ability of culture to counter ideologies based upon isolation and self-destruction. Educators will examine the ways youth culture is being used as a tool for addressing community needs, such as self-expression, enlightenment, invention, rebellion, and growth.

The recipient of numerous awards, Gonzales has been a classroom teacher and has presented workshops and poetry reading across the United States. He received his Master in Education from the University of California For more information contact Oneyda Maestas at 719-587-7880.