Sunday, August 21, 2016

Guante Opens NOTSTOCK 2016

WordStock kicks off NOTSTOCK with Guante, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, MC, activist, educator, and writer from Minneapolis. He has performed everywhere, from the United Nations to the Soundset Hip Hop Festival, to countless colleges, universities, clubs, theaters, and rallies across the US.. His work has appeared on Upworthy, MSNBC, Welcome to NightVale, Everyday Feminism, BBC Radio 6 Music, Button Poetry, and beyond.

Unapologetically social justice-minded, Guante strives to push boundaries in terms of both form and substance. He facilitates workshops and classes that use art as a jumping-off point for deeper conversations about identity, power, empathy, and agency. Guante also just completed his Master's studies at the University of Minnesota with a focus on the intersections of spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education.

Guante will perform Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Aleshire Theatre. He will also conduct workshops with students on Sept. 22-23 and will host the Poetry Slam in the Beaver Dam on Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. MSU alumnus and fellow writer, performer, and educator, Joe Davis, will assist Guante and work with students at area high schools.

Check out some of his spoken-word videos, like this one:

Make sure you sign up for the Poetry Slam in the Dam!

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