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Owens Community College welcomes poets and hip hop artists Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, Oct. 26-27


Awarding-winning poets and hip hop artists Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval will bring their lyrical and rhythmic talents to the Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses as the Student Activities Office presents a free hip hop performance and workshop titled “Race Mixing”, Oct. 26-27, 2011.

Goodwin and Coval will address attendees as part of a workshop presentation from 10-11 a.m. and perform from 2-3 p.m. in the Conference Center Room 111 on the Findlay-area Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The nationally-known artists will provide a performance and workshop from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus on Thursday, Oct. 27.


During the events, Goodwin and Coval will use hip hop poetics and pedagogy to create meaningful dialogue across cultures with the overall goal of their performance is eliminating racial borders and embracing multiplicity.


Goodwin’s “break beat poetry” has been featured on Russell Simmon’s HBO series “Def Poetry” and published in the “Spoken Word Revolution Redux Anthology” as well as in many literary journals. The recipient of several grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council, Goodwin served as an artist in residence at Iowa City’s KRUI Radio Program Artists in Action and frequently teaches, performs and lectures at academic institutions on the topic of arts, culture and empowerment.


Coval is the author of ALA Book of the Year finalist “Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica)”. Additionally, he is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, subject of an award-winning documentary of the same name, which airs on the OWN Network. A regular contributor to Chicago Public Radio, and a four-time HBO “Def Poetry” participant, Coval teaches at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and in high schools throughout the Chicago area.


Admission to the events is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information call (567) 661-2994 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2994, or (567) 429-3029 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3029.


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