2008
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
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

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.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.