Poetry Slam champ comes to The Holland Project May 22


Buddy Wakefield, the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, is performing Tuesday at The Holland Project.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and is all ages. The door price is $7.

Wakefield recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear. He later successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch.

Also performing will be Reno’s Spoken Views and Two Shits poets.

WHAT: Buddy Wakefield and local poets at The Holland Project

WHO: The event is open to the public
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Holland Project, 140 Vesta Street, between Wells and Virginia, diagonal from Rapscallions.
COST: $7.00
CONTACT: The Holland Project, hollandreno.org, 775-742-1858.

Modeled after successful projects nationwide, including Holland’s sister organization The Vera Project in Seattle, Holland was started by a group of dedicated teens, musicians, artists, teachers, activists, business owners and community leaders in 2006. With immense community and City of Reno support, Holland officially opened its doors in the spring of 2007 and has put on more than 600 events including music shows in nearly every genre, gallery exhibits, dance performances, workshops, special events, fashion shows, film nights and more. The Holland Project serves more than 10,000 youth each year.

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