Listen to their words–“A Night of Poetry”

Spoken word artists Azure Antionette and Mayda del Valle will perform “A Night of Poetry” at the University of Missouri-Kansas City at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in Pierson Auditorium, Atterbury Student Success Center. A reception will take place at 5:30 p.m.

All event proceeds will benefit the Women of Color Leadership Conference Textbook Scholarship. Tickets for the event are $10.50.

Listed in O Magazine as one of 20 on “O’s First-Ever Power List,”Antionette describes herself as a poet, spoken word artist, freelance photographer and youth and arts advocate. In November 2012, she was named a global ambassador of 10×10, a global campaign dedicated to the education of girls. Azure is actively involved in the promotion of 10×10’s feature film, “Girl Rising,” which will be released in March 2013.

Often referred to as “the Maya Angelou of the Millenial generation,” Azure founded an arts-in-education program, providing custom workshops to educate teen girls on how the spoken word, performance poetry and social media can impact the world. As a result, she was included in the 2012 Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” issue, in the special section – “Women Changing the World: Girls.”

del Valle is a poet, spoken word artist, writer and performer and has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having “a way with words.” Also listed as one of Forbes magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women, del Valle was the winner of the 2011 National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and has performed at the White House.

On March 27, Azure and del Valle also will speak at the UMKC High School Connection, a half-day workshop for more than 200 high school girls of color each year.

The event is sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Access and Equity.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit WOCLC or call 816-235-1079.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

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