L.A. slam champion Sedillo visits schools today
Poet offers free performance tonight at Beale Street Brews
KINGMAN - Matt Sedillo, the 2011 Los Angeles slam champion, makes his second trip to Kingman to perform for the community Tuesday night at Beale Street Brews.
The Kingman Unified School District along with Beale Street Brews brings the latest guest poet to the community for a school workshop and an open to the public evening performance.
According to one review of his work, "Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second-generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy in a post Ronald Reagan America. His writing is fearless, challenging and at times even a confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people, not profits."
Poetry slam is a competitive form of poetry that emphasizes not only lyrical content but also the way the words are delivered. It's a highly competitive, yet incredibly supportive form of lyrical competition. Slam poets often focus on their own lives and the culture and people that surround them while at the same time offering their take on historical and current events.
KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks and local poet/KUSD teacher Mikel Weisser created the guest program earlier this year in order to infuse more poetry in to Kingman area schools and bring mid-week evening entertainment to the community.
Poets come to Kingman schools to present poetry performances and workshops for local students. They then conclude their evening with a public performance at Beale Street Brews.
Sedillo is a member Damn Slam, Los Angeles's national slam team, and plans on performing pieces from his book "For What I Might Do Tomorrow."
He performed in several local schools last year as part of a small Arizona tour.
The performance at Beale Street Brews is free and takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
There will also be time devoted to offering an open microphone for local poets to perform their own work as well as pieces from their favorite poets.
For more information, call Weisser at (928) 234-5633.