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Spotlight: Spoken Word Performance Features LGBTQ Activist and Poet

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Internationally-renowned performance poet and LGBT activist Staceyann Chin will share her thoughts on feminism, the modern woman, and LGBTQ rights through her poetry performance titled, "Feminism IS for Everyone" on Sept. 19 at 7:00 PM in Cone University Center’s After Hours at UNC Charlotte.

"Feminism IS for Everyone with StaceyAnn Chin" is cosponsored by the CAB (Campus Activities Board) with the UNC Charlotte Feminist Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Chin spoke last year on campus as the featured activist of the 2012 OUTspoken lecture series. According to Alicia Croke, CAB student director for talks and topics, the lecture was well-received and CAB wanted to respond to students who expressed a desire to hear more of Chin’s spoken word material in a casual setting.

"Chin is a celebrated author who discusses major issues of today, such as LGBTQ and women’s rights," said Croke. "She does not shy away from tough issues."

Chin’s work has been featured in anthologies as well as published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The South African Times, Essence and Jane. Chin has also been a featured guest on 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Chin is well-known for her role as co-writer and performer in the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Her one-women shows "Hands Afire," "Unspeakable Things" and "Border Clash" all received rave reviews during their runs in New York City. Her memoir The Other Side of Paradise was published in 2009 to critical acclaim. Chin is now the poet-in-residence at Culture Project in the East Village, an off-Broadway theater where each of her shows made their debuts.