WMU News

CAB brings slam-poet Kirk Nugent to campus

Feb. 1, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Slam-poet Kirk Nugent is set for a single performance in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University Thursday, Feb. 6, beginning at 8 p.m.

Nugent's show is sponsored by the Campus Activties Board. Tickets for the show are available at the door beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 with a valid WMU student ID, $2 without.

Hard hitting, poignant and thought provoking, this 1999 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion is a spoken word icon. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Kirk Nugent affectionately known as, "The People's Poet", migrated to the United States in 1983. Nugent has been performing poetry throughout the United States and Canada for three years. In 1999, he was featured during a CBS "60 Minutes" television special covering slam poetry.

The People's Poet has performed on college campuses thoughout the U.S. and Canada. Kirk has opened for the Queen Latifah Show as well as shared the stage with Reverend Al Sharpton and Attorney Alton Maddox. He was the captain of the 1999 Nuyorican National Slam Team. Currently, he is the coach of the 2000 Nuyorican Slam Team.

Kirk recently released his first spoken word CD entitled, "The Unpopular Truth." Among other things, Nugent is also the author of two chapbooks "Ironic Isn't It?" and "Poetic Justice."

For more information, visit CAB on the Web at <cab.wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Ian Belanger, 269 387-2112, ian.belanger@wmich.edu

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