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Poetry slam champ here Thursday evening

Performance poet Taylor Mali, four-time winner of the national poetry slam championship, will speak to freshmen at the new student convocation Thursday, August 26 in the Osterhout Concert Theater in the Anderson Center.

A professional spoken word artist known for his appearances on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” Mali is a strong advocate for the teaching profession. A former teacher himself, he received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2001 to develop “Teacher! Teacher!” a one-man show about poetry and teaching that won the best one-man show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival that year.

He’s said he hopes to spur 1,000 people to become teachers by the year 2006.

President Lois B. DeFleur will also address students at the program, which begins at 5:30 p.m.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08