Poetry Slam – April 19

A photo of twin poets Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills by Cylinda McCloud-Keal

By Joshua Raver (photo adapted from original by Cylinda McCloud-Keal) |

The Departments of English and Communication Studies and the Association for Campus Events (ACE) will host a poetry reading and slam on Wednesday April 19, 2017. The reading begins at 12:30 p.m. in room 135 of the Rickenbach building, and features the twin poets Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. A poetry slam will begin at 7 p.m. in room 183 of the McFarland Student Union building.

Featured poets Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills are known for their live spoken word performances of socially conscious works. Featured on the 2003 season premiere of Def Poetry, their most notable work, “Dreams are Illegal in the Ghetto,” tells a story about the fight for equality. Its aim is to inspire urban youth to achieve their full potential, despite social struggles.

Chukwuocha and Mills are native to Wilmington, Delaware where they currently share the official title of Delaware’s 17th Poets Laureate. The twin poets are both social workers and fathers whose main audience has been the inner youth of Wilmington. Their performances outside of Delaware include venues such as Nuyorican Poets Café in New York and the Apollo Theatre in Philadelphia. They are currently touring around the country, performing their poetry and promoting their message.

Chukwuocha is Chair of the Education, Youth & Families Committee as well as the Vice-Chair of the Finance & Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Community Development & Urban Planning Committee in Delaware. Apart from their positive message, the brothers hope to bring about a resurgence of the arts by inspiring students who have not had the exposure or chance to experience art academically. They have remained humble with their fame, turning down multiple recording contracts and record labels to maintain the integrity of their movement.

The brothers begin their performance at Kutztown at 12:30pm on Wednesday April 19. The poetry slam will follow that evening at 7 p.m.

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