Highly acclaimed poet, slam founder performs at Benedictine University

Highly acclaimed poet, slam founder performs at Benedictine University
February 22, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Marc Kelly Smith, founder of the international poetry slam movement and Benedictine University’s Spring 2008 Artist-in-Residence, will perform his acclaimed musical adaptation of Carl Sandburg’s poetry and stories, “Sandburg to Smith,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the Krasa Center at Benedictine University. Born on the southeast side of Chicago, Smith’s innate sense of rhythm and unflinching realism has made him one of the country’s most compelling performers. Full of grit, his performances break poetic boundaries, giving audiences an acute vision of what poetry is and what it can be. Slam poetry is the competitive form of poetry performance. It was established in the mid-1980s to heighten public interest in poetry readings and has since evolved into an international art form emphasizing audience involvement and poetic excellence. Smith has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been featured on CNN, “60 Minutes,” “Oprah,” “National Public Radio’s “Whadda Ya Know,” “ARTbeat Chicago and “Wild Chicago.” “Sandburg to Smith” combines spoken-word and live band performance. Accompanying Smith during “Sandburg to Smith” is the Rootabaga Band. The performance is open to the public. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors at the door.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.