Colorado State’s Tossedgreens Project Invites Community to Performance Poetry Event

Colorado State University’s tossedgreens Poetry Project will host the first in a series of readings by performance poets on Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts Building on the main campus. Renowned performance poet Dave Blair will give a reading of his work followed by a question and answer session, reception and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Blair is an award winning, self-described urban folk artist-singer-songwriter-poet from Detroit, Mich. He is author of the highly acclaimed "Gorgeous Monsters and Other Folk Tales" (2004) and has produced a variety of poetry-focused compact disks including Jet Black/White Noise, Gorgeous Monsters and other Folk Tales, and The Urban Folk Collective-Another Country and Slave Ships and Radio Waves.

He is the 2002 National Poetry Slam Champion and has been nominated for five Detroit Music Awards. He won Best Folk Artist from Real Detroit Weekly 2002, the 2003 Detroit/Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities Performance Awards and Def Poetry Jam/Metro Times 2003 Poetry Contest.

Blair has performed at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the largest free concert in North America, and has opened for such diverse acts as Reggie Gibson, Michael Moore and Mike Doughty. He’s co-headlined independent festivals with members of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

The tossedgreens Poetry Project is an organization dedicated to cultivation of performance works by poets.

Sponsors for the event include Colorado State’s Department of English and Associated Students of Colorado State University.

For more information about tossedgreens Poetry Project, contact Rich Hamilton at (970) 493-5356.