Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, CT -- Award-winning spoken-word artist Mayda Del Valle will perform her poetry at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Eastern Connecticut State University's Betty R. Tipton Room. The event is hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Del Valle has appeared on Russell Simmons' "Def Poetry Jam" on HBO and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway. She toured with Norman Lear's "Declare Yourself" Spoken Word Tour, a project that encouraged youth to register to vote for the 2004 presidential election. Oprah's "O Magazine" named Del Valle one of 20 women in the first "O Power List." She was invited to perform at the White House for the president and first lady in 2009. She has been featured in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Urban Latino, Latina Magazine, The Source and Mass Appeal.
The event is part of Eastern's annual cultural celebration, "Social Justice: Your Voices. Your Movement. Your World." For more information, contact the Intercultural Center at (860) 465-5749 or the Women's Center at (860) 465-4314.