Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Around the Midwest/South

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Location: Loyola University, New Orleans, LA

Launching the Verse/Us Performance & Symposium Tour with Giles Li, Bao Phi, & Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai — More details to come — For more info on Verse/Us, check out http://www.verseustour.com.

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Location: Lincoln Land Community College, Menard Hall, Springfield, IL
Time: 11:00 AM
Cost: Free

Presented as a part of their monthly poetry series. Hour-long performance plus 15 min. Q & A.

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.

Visit Kelly’s website for more info and details: http://yellowgurl.com

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