Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 29 2002

Not Your Grandfather’s Poet!

Athens, W.Va. - Slam Poet Kirk Nugent, will be part of Concord College’s celebration of Black History Month. He is not your grandfather's poet. Forget rhyming schemes, onomatopoeia (the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it, as buzz, hiss), alliteration (the repetition of sounds in two or more words, wild and wooly, threatening throngs) and the tried and tested parts of speech. Kirk Nugent infuses his raw talent for oratory with a keen understanding of social and political issues that have lead people to call him, "the People's Poet".

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Kirk's poetry challenges preconceived notions with an intensity paralleled only by his willingness to expose his own personal journey from insecurities and depression. His poetry is also rife with expressions of young love and is a relentless endorsement to chase one's dreams.

Kirk has performed at the recent 2001 NAACP National Convention, been featured on CBS 60 Minutes, several NACA Conferences and on a host of BET and Def Jam shows.

As part of his 2001-2002 U.S. college tour, he will be performing at 9:00 p.m., in Concord College's College Center, SUBWAY stage on Monday, February 11, 2002. The performance is free to the public.

For more information, call 1-304-384-3115.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

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