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WordSpeak with Paul Flores

San Francisco-based poet Paul Flores returns to Miami for a residency from March 26 through March 30 to launch the second year of Tigertail Productions' WordSpeak, an ongoing spoken word program for South Florida teens. He is a published poet, novelist and one of the nation's most prominent spoken word performers, with an emphasis on Latino identity and youth education. During his residency week, Flores will perform and lead workshops for students at William Turner Tech High School, Miami Senior High School, North Miami Beach High School and Abriendo Puertas.

Public Events
Paul Flores' visit culminates in a WordSpeak open mic and slam for teens led by Flores and South Florida-based guest artist Ray Dominguez, at the Miami Beach Regional Library on Friday March 30 at 6:00 pm. The slam is the first in a series of competitions for a place on the Miami team sponsored by Tigertail Productions that will travel to San Jose this summer for the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.

Paul Flores will also give a reading for the general public at the Coral Gables Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 pm. Flores will be reading from his new book of poems, La Mezcla and his hip hop theater work-in-progress Representa.

The WordSpeak program and Paul Flores' residency is funded in part by a grant from the National Performance Network.

This is our 27th season. We believe that community involvement is essential. Season partners and supporters include: AeroMexico; Allegany Franciscan Ministeries; Alternate ROOTS, Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation; American Express Company; Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; BankAtlantic Foundation; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites; Centro Cultural Brasil-USA; City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of Brazil; Dade Community Foundation; DindyCo; Embraer; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Etra Fine Art; Florida Dance Association; FIU Dance Department; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Frida Kahlo Tequila; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation; Mellon Private Wealth Management; M-DC Dance Department; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami River Inn; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network; New World School of the Arts Dance Department; Publix Super Markets Charities; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; Southern Arts Federation; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; TAM Brazilian Airlines; Touch South Beach; Vortex Communications; WDNA & WLRN FM.

Monday through Friday
March 26-30, 2007

Thursday, March 29
7:30 pm
Books & Books Coral Gables

Friday, Feb. 23
6:00 pm
Open Mic and Jam

for teens
Miami Beach Regional Library

(Note that this event has already passed.)

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL

Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach, FL (just off Collins Ave.)

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Books & Books Coral Gables

Miami Beach Regional Library