Acclaimed authors and spoken word artists to celebrate National Day on Writing at CCA

 At left: author Carleen Brice

The Community College of Aurora will celebrate the National Day on Writing on Thursday, Oct. 20, with a slate of events aimed at both students and the community. 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:

9:30-10:45 a.m.: Wayne Gilbert, Poet: “The Spirit of Spoken Word.” An interactive workshop.

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Acclaimed author Carleen Brice speaks on “The Writer’s Journey: From Idea to Completion in One Million Easy Steps (Some of Which Go in Circles).” Brice is author of the novels Orange Mint and Honey, a number-one Denver Post best-seller and Essence Magazine “recommended read”—and Children of the Waters, which AOL Black Voices says “sparkles.” The Lifetime Movie “Sins of the Mother,” based on Orange Mint and Honey, won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding TV Movie.

12:30-2 p.m. Performances by Suzi Q Smith and Bobby LeFebre - back by popular demand!

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 on the slam and spoken word circuit. She has been featured on numerous tv and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed all over the world, earning both high acclaim and controversy.

Bobby LeFebre is a Denver-born spoken word artist, actor, and activist. Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning spoken word artist, actor, and social worker. He is a company actor with Denver's only Latino Theater, El Centro Su Teatro, and has performed in countless productions as an actor for the last 10 years. Combining his passion for education and performance, LeFebre is founder of Cafe Cultura, Denver's largest monthly open mic and artistic expression event serving the Mile High inner-city community.

2-3:15 p.m. Author and poet Dan Guenther: “Writing: An Anchor to Life-long Learning and Discovery.” Novelist Guenther was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valor. His novel Glossy Black Cockatoos was the 2010 Colorado Authors' League Award selection for Genre Fiction. Prior to retiring in 2005, Guenther spent more than 30 years providing process improvement, leadership coaching, team building, and organization development to both government and industry.

3:30-4:45 p.m.: Rachel Ankney: “Ekphrasis: Deriving Poetry from Art.” Interactive Workshop.

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