Cleveland State Presents Nationally-Recognized Spoken Word Poet Kane Smego

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cleveland State Community College is hosting Kane Smego, nationally-recognized spoken word poet and artistic director of sacrificial poets, to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center.  

Kane “Novakane” Smego’s dynamic workshops explore the power of stories and voice as tools for self-transformation, non-violent resistance, and community engagement. Immediately following the popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt in January 2010, Kane recorded the stories of the young people driving these powerful movements, teamed up with two other young poets and a film-maker and created the multimedia project “Poetic Portraits of a Revolution”.

Mr. Smego’s curriculum helps participants “find their voice” through a focus on exploring identity, understanding the historical context and power of the oral tradition, and using poetry as a tool for therapy and healing, community engagement, conflict resolution and non-violent resistance.  

“Kane Smego is a gifted writer and spoken word artist who cares passionately about addressing the needs of others through his work,” said Tracey Wright, director of Special Events and Community Relations. “His workshops and programs have been known to spark movement and life among the participants.” 

The Kane Smego performance is part of the 2013-2014 Program Series sponsored by the Office of Special Programs and Community Relations. All events are free to the public. Registration is recommended. 

To register or for more information on the Kane Smego event, visit the website at mycs.cc/amazing. You can also call 423 473-2341 or email events@clevelandstatecc.edu.  


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