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Spoken Word and Poetry

‘Vagina Monologues’ 2019: Confronting the Taboos

All of this is what makes the “Vagina Monologues” special – the show is there to help, whether by teaching people about the violence in the world or helping others get over the social taboo of ...
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Poet Tracy K. Smith Emboldens Campbell Hall

As poet laureate of the U.S., Smith delivers the message that the appreciation of poetry is a great responsibility, one that is on the rise as we collectively face our truths.
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UCSB Spanish and Portuguese Department Hosts Indigenous Writers Conference

For the first time at UC Santa Barbara, indigenous writers, poets and scholars gathered for “A Verbal Kaleidoscope,” a conference aiming to challenge how indigenous literature and practices are st...
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Dope Metaphors Makes a Triumphant Return

This Dope Metaphors showcase, more than any other, felt like a cathartic experience for everyone involved.
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Poetry of the World Presented at MCC

The poetry presented throughout the night told many different stories. Themes of injustice, entrapment and cultural dissonance were prevalent as the poems expressed the feelings of many people in Amer...
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Poet Paul Tran Enlivens Santa Barbara

“This war is not over, America. This war is not over, America,” Tran repeated as they elaborated on the adversity their mother faced in her efforts to establish a new home.
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Sunni Patterson Waxes Poetic on Resilient Love

Night one of the two-day series brings insight and inspiration through shared experience.
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Dope Metaphors Gets Real

Warm spotlights, chill vibes and supportive snapping encompassed the UCSB Poets’ Club’s showcase, Dope Metaphors.
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Rudy Francisco Shares Truth in Poetry

The AΦA/ Poet's Club event was smartly structured; the first hour was a showcase featuring members from the club, and the second hour was slated for Rudy Francisco’s set.
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Khalil Almustafa Uses his Noodle, his Words

Almustafa's transition between history and spoken word was so smooth that it took a second to realize it, his words melding into art so seamlessly. His style was eclectic, incorporating rap and singin...
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Dope Metaphors in the Hub

Amidst the bittersweet aroma of coffee and the jarring red lights that shone through the dark room, Samuel Crane stepped onto the stage with a friendly smile and a confident air. The crowded tables an...
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Sam Crane Live at the Batcave

Aside from the occasional hungover student biking to the overloaded library or a bird cawing overhead, it’s quiet on campus on Sundays. Life—the buzz of students chatting with friends or bikers pe...
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Dope Metaphors in the Hub

An event held on a Sunday evening is never going to get a huge turnout, but at a showcase featuring fledgling poets, a smaller crowd is probably a lot easier to face. Dope Metaphors in the Hub was org...
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Engineering a Poetry Club

What does a poet look like — the beret-topped face half-hidden behind an obscure novel at Starbucks? Or the stuffy, thick-bearded professor in his book-lined study? Frankie Cunningham eludes both of...
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‘Catalyst’ Art Fest Draws 900 to Food Co-op

The Catalyst Contemporary  Literary Arts Magazine curated yet another beautiful music and art fest this Tuesday at the I.V. Food Co-op. Becoming increasingly popular for their joyful celebration of I...
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