Spoken Word Performances by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Title: Spoken Word Performances by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Location: Northeast
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Description: Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese Taiwanese American spoken word artist who fights for cultural pride and survival through how she spits and how she lives. As a teenager, Kelly developed a passion for spoken word at the birthplace of the international poetry slam movement, the Uptown Poetry Slam in Chicago. She also appeared as a series regular on PBS’ “Sneak Previews” and wrote weekly for the Chicago Tribune as a teen movie critic.

Kelly has been featured in 350 performances worldwide at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and three seasons of the award-winning “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry.” The author of Inside Outside Outside Inside (2004) and Thought Crimes (2005) and the CD Infinity Breaks (2006), Tsai has shared stages with Mos Def, KRS-One, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, and many more.

Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $5-$10 Sliding Scale

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
More details TBA

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Location: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
More details TBA

Visit Kelly’s website for more info and details: http://yellowgurl.com
Start Date: 2009-11-30
End Date: 2009-12-05

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