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Date/Time:Monday, 08 Oct 2012 at 7:00 pm
Location:Sun Room, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
Contact:
Phone:515-294-9934
Channel:Lectures Program
Categories:Diversity, Lectures
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Michael Reyes is a Chicano/Mexicano poet, actor, playwright, artist and community organizer specializing in youth development. His interactive presentations combine history, current events and performance into a fusion of education and entertainment. Latino Heritage Month Celebration

As a poet and spoken word artist Michael Reyes has been featured on HBO Latino's Habla Series, on Latin Nation, and in the PBS documentary Dream Makers. He has released three books of poetry and three performance CDs.

As an actor, his credits include roles in the plays The Sun Always Shines for the Cool and Chicago Boricua, and in the feature film Nothing Like the Holidays. He worked with poet Tato Laveria on The Spark, Chupacabera and the 1977 Division Street Riots.

Currently, Reyes is touring with his play Crime Against Humanity, co-written by former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Luis Rosa.

Additional Events with Michael Reyes

Multiculturalism as a Culture - A Workshop
Tuesday, October 8, 2012, 1:00 pm
Gallery, Memorial Union

This faculty workshop focuses on understanding the history of multiculturalism. It incorporates poetry dedicated to a wide variety of political figures and historical movements.

Mexican/Chicano Identity and History Through Spoken Word and Puerto Rican Poems of Solidarity
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 9:00 pm
Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union

This spoken word performance examines contemporary Chicano identity, delving into such themes as immigration, globalization, and community activism. Michael Reyes creates an awareness about Mexican and Chicano identity and culture using poetry themed around such historical figures as Emilinao Zapata, Frida Kahlo, the Zapatista and Elvira Arellano.