Michael Reyes is described as an artist/organizer on his website, and his “mission is to provide a participatory educational environment through poetry and hip-hop to address issues of social justice and cultural identity.” Adrienne Coleman, an organizer of the National Poetry Month event, chose Reyes, who performs internationally and facilitates educational workshops on the topic of merging creative expression and critical thought.
According to his website, “Reyes’s background as a field worker in Michigan and a community activist in both Chicago and New York has added multiple layers to his Chican@/Latino identity. His work has been featured on HBO, Latin Nation, PBS documentary Dream Makers, Chicago Public Radio, National Public Radio, Pacifica and WBAI.”
“He has performed at 1,500 institutions including: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, National Council of La Raza, Conference, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Latino Ivy League Conference and the NAACP. He has worked with Dr. Cornell West, Lolita Lebron, Dolores Huerta, Oliver Stone, John Leguizamo, and Kanye West.” Reyes was a featured speaker at the National Council of La Raza LIDERES Conference, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, and the Latino Ivy League Conference.
IMSA students and faculty have been invited to read original poems and poems written by their favorite authors. The food served during the National Poetry Month celebration will be tied to Cinco de Mayo and feature some food favorites usually consumed on that day.
Come join the fun and celebration in the IRC on April 28, 2015, from noon to 12:45 p.m.