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Slam Event: Poetry, Performance Art Event to be Staged at Juniata

(Posted March 20, 2006)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A group of performers, slam poets and musicians will create and perform pieces dedicated to HIV/AIDS education as part of the "Fight Apathy Tour" at 8 p.m., Friday, March 24 in Baker Refectory in Ellis Hall on the Juniata College campus.

The performance is free and open to the public.

"Fight Apathy" is a student-produced music and poetry show designed to mobilize college communities to take action against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The show is organized by the New York City Student Initiative for AIDS.

Among the performers are:

Carlos Andres Gomez, an award-winning poet and actor who first performed with the Nuyorican Poets Café's National Slam Team. He has won several poetry slam competitions and has recently released a book of poetry and spoken-word performances, "March Forth." He has recently finished shooting on the new Spike Lee film, "Inside Man."

Celena Glenn also emerged from the Nuyorican Poets Café's National Slam Team, and she also served as host of the café's competitions. She has been named the National Poetry Slam champion twice. Her work appears in the anthology "Spoken Word Revolution," and she appears in the documentary "Urban Scribe."

Brent Shuttleworth is co-founder of the Excelano Project. He is a poet and singer-songwriter who has appeared on MTV, "BET Nightly News" and Bush Radio in South Africa.

Postmidnight is a spoken-word poet and has written screenplays, stage plays and several books. He has recorded three spoken-word albums, "Moonshower Moods," "Soap" and "Phoenix."

The group has raised funds for Africa Directions, a youth center Zambia that provides AIDS education, counseling and testing. The group also has raised funds for Doctors Without Borders.



Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.