Poetry Slam Resonates

Students, faculty, and alumni gathered on Friday, January 21, for a poetry slam in the SNUG, a lively event hosted by the student multicultural group PRISM.  

Featured poets included Kassidi Jones ’14, junior Kirsten Lees, and freshman Iris Sande as well as Hartford area poets Tracy "Mind Evolution" Caldwell, Danielle "D. Colin" Charlestin, and Tarishi "Midnight" Shuler. The evening also included music by Criston Oates and his band 

The powerful spoken-word poems and music expressing each artist’s personal life experiences resonated with the audience.  

Freshman Henry Glover and his friends stopped by the SNUG thinking that a poetry reading might be a bit dull, but they were impressed by the performances. “The poets spoke with a real passion,” Henry said. “They really put their hearts into their poems, and you could see and feel their emotions as they performed.”  

The poetry slam was the culminating event of a week-long celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The week began with a convocation by Anthony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor, who spoke about the disparities affecting lower income students at highly selective colleges and universities. Later in the week, PRISM members facilitated a discussion of the recent, first-in-the-nation reparations program in Evanston, Ill., which, according to news reports, will allow for the release of funds to Black residents whose families have felt the effects of decades of discriminatory housing practices.  

Student performances scheduled for the week were postponed and will now take place in February.  

A gallery of photos from the event is available for viewing