Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 04 2007

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Travis Watkins to Perform Wednesday, October 10

Athens, W.Va. – As a 300 pound former Division I football star, Travis Watkins doesn't seem to fit the image of a stereotypical “spoken word poet.” Yet as the winner of the coveted National College Language Association Award for poetry, it's clear that Travis isn't concerned with images and stereotypes.

Travis spent four years as a starter and two years as team captain of the University of Kansas football team, where he was honored as a finalist for the District V Academic All-American Team, before graduating with honors in U.S. history and African American studies in 2005. While attending K.U., Travis also managed to find time to volunteer as a mentor to “at-risk” youth at VanGo Mobile Arts, while making a name for himself as a dynamic up-and-coming performance poet.

After graduating, Travis was accepted into the highly selective Teach For America program, committing two years to teaching in our country's most poverty ridden inner-city schools. While teaching high school U.S. history in Houston, Texas, Travis began a meteoric rise in the world of contemporary Slam Poetry by leading his team to the semifinals at the 2006 National Poetry Slam, and making it to the individual final stage finishing eighth out of over 350 poets at his first official National Slam Competition.

Travis now ranks as one of the top young poetic talents in the nation and is touring the globe as a performance poet and motivational speaker. You may have read poetry, you may have heard poetry, but you've never truly “experienced” poetry until you've witnessed Travis Watkins live.

Watkins will be performing at Concord University, Student Center Subway Stage at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10. The performance is free to the public.

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