The Community College of Aurora will celebrate the National Day on Writing on Wednesday, Oct. 20, with a slate of events aimed at both students and the community. Highlights include a presentation by best-selling author John Shors, who will speak about his craft, and performances by spoken word poets Suzi Q Smith and Bobby LeFebre. All events are free and open to the public and will take place in the Student Centre Rotunda on the CentreTech Campus, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway in Aurora.
National Day on Writing events at CCA are:
9-10 a.m.: Graphic storytelling workshop with Scott Wakefield, CCA department chair for art and design.
10-11:30 a.m.: Best-selling author John Shors
John Shors’ first four novels, Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, and The Wishing Trees, have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-five languages.
12-1:30 p.m. Performances by Suzi Q Smith and Bobby LeFebre
Suzi Q Smith is a spoken word artist who has been lighting up stages throughout the United States for more than a decade. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, and her name is well known among the slam and spoken word circuit. She has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed all over the world, earning both high acclaim and controversy. Her single “Moments,” in collaboration with Psy’Aviah, received International attention after being a finalist in the BBC's “Next Big Thing” contest.
Bobby LeFebre is a Denver-born spoken word artist, actor, and activist. He is a social caseworker working with youth who are on probation in Denver. LeFebre is a two-time Denver Grand Slam champion, a National Poetry Slam finalist, an individual World Poetry Slam finalist, and has been a member of the SlamNuba National Poetry Slam Team for the last three years. In 2008, he was ranked the 10th best slam poet in the world. He is an actor with Denver’s only Latino/Chicano theater, El Centro Su Teatro. He also is founder of Café Cultura, Denver’s largest monthly open mic and artistic expressive event serving Denver’s Latino community.
2-3 p.m. Poetry Workshop with Poet Rachel Ankney
Poet Rachel Ankney’s work has been published in a scattering of national journals. A faculty member in the Academic Enrichment Program at CCA, Ankney is active in community readings.
3-4 p.m.: Résumé writing workshop with Leigh Bessey, CCA director of recruitment and career services.
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