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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

Award-Winning Poet Returns for Fall Forum

Award-Winning Poet Returns for Fall Forum

To prove that poetry is worth an encore, the Communications Division, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, is once again welcoming Joaquin Zihuatanejo to the stage.

Zihuatanejo, Individual World Poetry Slam champion and HBO Def Poet, will perform Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Performance Hall for phase one of the Communications Division 2012 Fall Forum.

Inviting the poet champ back for a round two was an easy decision for Hazel Carlos, English professor and Fall Forum coordinator. The college community asked for Zihuatanejo by name, she said.

Students packed the house last year for Zihuatanejo, who used heart and humor to engage his audience into listening and laughing along. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, he strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture.

“He speaks about current issues and connects them in a way that makes you say, ‘Wow, that makes sense. I never thought of it that way,’” Hazel said.

The Fall Forum will culminate with a student Slam Poetry competition in May.