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Women of Color Leadership Conference Presents “A Night of Poetry”

“A Night of Poetry”


Azure Antoinette

poet, spoken word artist, photographer, youth and arts advocate

Antoinette  has been called “the Maya Angelou of the millennial generation.”   She was included in Forbes’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World issue in 2012 and was featured in a special section titled “Women Helping Women.”   She has been commissioned to write for the former first lady of California Maria Shriver, Tuskegee Airman Col. Lee Archer, and the American Cancer Society, and has shared the stage with such artists and peformers as Kenny Lattimore, Treasure Davis, Rudy Francisco, James Avery, Danny Glover, Vanessa Williams, Elliott Gould, and Delroy Lindo.  Antoinette recently appeared in the 2011 April issue of O magazine for National Poetry Month.

Mayda del Valle

Del Valle has been described by the Chicago Sun Times as having “a way with words.  Sometimes they seem to flutter and roll off her lips. Other times they burst forth like a comet streaking across a nighttime sky.”  In 2001 del Valle won the Nuyorican Grand Slam Championship.  Also in 2001, she won the National Poetry Slam Individual Championship – becoming the first poet from the Nuyorican, the youngest poet and the first Latina to win the title.  Del Valle has been featured in numerous publications including Urban Latino, Latina magazine, and Mass Appeal magazine.  She was named by Smithsonian magazine as one of America’s Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, March 26

Reception ~ 5:30 p.m.

Performances ~ 6:00 p.m.

UMKC Pierson Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.   Registration is required.