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Poetry Jam at U of M, Crookston Features Poetry and Music in Recognition of Black History Month on Tuesday, Feb. 10; Event begins at 7 p.m. in Sargeant Student Center and Features Junior Kyle "KWhy" Myers
January 28, 2009

Contact: Eric Burgess, business instructor, 218-281-8190 (eburgess@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (January 29, 2009) – The campus and community are welcome to spend an evening enjoying poetry and music on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. A poetry jam, featuring student author, poet, and spoken-word artist Kyle “KWhy” Myers, a junior at the U of M, Crookston, will highlight the evening’s activities. Acoustic guitarist Gareth Aidan will also be featured during the evening along with open mic time. The poetry jam is open to the public and there is no admission charge; refreshments will be served.

Myers, a native of New Jersey, is the author of two books of poetry. The first, Born by a
Kyle "KWhy" Myers
Kyle "KWhy" Myers
River , was published in 2008 and is followed by his most recent release, Rebel Philosophy, available February 11. There will be a book signing with Myers at the U of M, Crookston Bookstore on Wednesday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This event is just one of several activities taking place during Black History Month in February. On Thursday, February 5, the legendary Chuck Foreman, a National Football League running back, will be speaking in Lysaker Gymnasium at 6:15 p.m. On Thursday, February 19, Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, renowned national speaker, will present at noon in Kiehle Auditorium.

The 2009 Black History Month theme is “The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.”To learn more, visit http://www.asalh.org.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.