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Spoken word poet Staceyann Chin to perform at UNI

October 17, 2013

Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator, UNI Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Award-winning spoken word poet and co-writer of the Tony-nominated "Def Poetry Jam on Broadway" Staceyann Chin will perform at the University of Northern Iowa from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in UNI's Center for Multicultural Education (CME). A book signing and reception will follow her performance.

"I personally am excited to have a queer person of color come to campus to share their personal experiences through a creative outlet," said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator for the CME. "When you are a member of two or more oppressed groups, there are a lot of cultural challenges that come along with it that most people don't understand. I hope that Staceyann's message of support and hope will resonate with those who attend so that we may continue to work on making inclusive communities stronger at UNI."

Chin's activist-driven poetry has been acclaimed by a variety of publications. She has performed her work in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and has been featured in several poetry anthologies and documentary films. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cruz at 319-273-2250 or