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11:57 am
Mon May 18, 2009

Spoken Word at the Jazz Museum

This week, the Obamas opened their first White House poetry jam; something that caught the attention of a lot of spoken word poets here in Kansas City. It just so happens that one of the poets chosen to perform at White House will be here on Tuesday, May 19, at the monthly poetry jam at the American Jazz Museum.

Kansas City, MO – A poetry group from Center High School recently dominated the jazz museum's Teen Festival in February, and are on their way to the International Poetry Slam in July in Chicago. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently stopped by a performance at Center High, and heard Vonteay Harrison, with a poem about being born into poetry. And Kristamonique McDonald, her poem is a global wake-up call about the environment.

This week's featured poet at the Jazz Poetry Jams (Tuesday, May 19) will be Chicago poet Mayda del Valle, who performed at the White House last week.

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