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Poet, hip-hop artist performance part of Hispanic Heritage Month observance

September 02, 2011 12:00AM

Michael Reyes

In recognition of national Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Pittsburg State University will host an appearance by Michael Reyes, a Chicano/Mexicano poet, emcee, actor, playwright, artist and community organizer. Reyes will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in 107 Grubbs Hall on the Pittsburg State University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Reyes combines hip-hop, poetry and the spoken word to create a blend of stories, rhymes, and songs. A leading voice in progressive and radical music, Reyes combines cultural stories of resistance, hip-hop and inspiring poems. His work challenges and confronts the many social ills faced by communities of color.

As a poet and an artist, Reyes has been featured on HBO Latino's "Habla Series," and nationally on "Latin Nation" and in the PBS documentary "Dream Makers." He has released three novels of poetry and three performance CDs. His work has also been featured in many magazines, anthologies and newspapers.

Currently Reyes is touring the country with his play "Crime Against Humanity," co-written by former Puerto Rican political prisoner Luis Rosa. Reyes has played the role of actor, writer and director for the play. He also is touring with his latest mixtape, "My Word Is My Weapon."

Reyes' appearance is sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity, the PSU Tilford Group and Campus Activities. For more information, call 620-235-6556.

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