Thursday, January 17, 2013

Spoken Word Poet Buddy Wakefield to Perform at UNCG on February 7


Who: Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, UNCG What: Spoken Word Poet, Buddy Wakefield
When: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Jarrell Lecture Hall, UNCG Campus
Contact: Emily D. Edwards, Director,
Center for Creative Writing in the Arts
ededward@uncg.edu
336-580-6220; 336-334-5360

In 2001, Buddy Wakefield left his position as an executive assistant for a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, Washington, sold or gave away everything he owned, and hopped into a Honda Civic to tour the North American performance poetry scene and slam competitions. Wakefield has since become the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, winning the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals in 2004 and then successfully defending that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries. He has shared the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in hundreds of venues internationally and has appeared on TED talks ((Technology, Entertainment and Design) “ideas worth spreading.”  UNCGs Center for Creative Writing in the Arts now brings Wakefield to Greensboro as part of Wakefields Out of the Flood Tour.  The performance is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jarrell Lecture Hall on the UNCG campus.  The evening begins with performances from local performance poets and musicians.

Poetry has never been confined to the quiet stereotype of introspective rhyme in published verses.  The increasing popularity of open mikes, which allow poets to take the stage and share their own work in 3-5 minute performances, empowered young poets to find their voice, reclaim oral traditions, and become leaders in their communities with topics that range from personal subjects to matters of social justice, political activism and environmental advocacy.  Though it might be published traditionally, performance poets compose their work for dramatic oral presentation. UNCGs Center for Creative Writing in the Arts brings a champion of this tradition, Buddy Wakefield, to Greensboro as part of its mission to support campus and community creative expression and to provide networking, assistance and encouragement for artists. 

For tickets and information contact the UNCG Box Office: 336-334-4TIX(4849);

Check out  Buddy Wakefield on TED Talks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n6413nx6b0

 About the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts
The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts sponsors or co-sponsors readings, lectures, conferences, workshops, dramatic presentations, and musical performances. These events bring nationally and internationally recognized scholars and artists, which contribute to both diversity and internationalization of the arts on campus and in the community. Through interdisciplinary events and literary publications, the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts has created a vital writers' network, which includes support for literacy and writer education programs, such as Write On Greensboro and the NC Writers Network Conference in conjunction with the Southeastern Literary Magazine and Independent Press Festival each spring, attracting writers from throughout the region to workshops, lectures and performances on the UNCG Campus.


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