Urban Folk Poet Performs at Colorado State’s Spring Poetry Reading Series

Colorado State University invites the campus and community to tossedgreens POETRY Project’s Spring Performance Poetry Reading Series. Performing poet D. Blair will give a reading of his work at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center. A reception and book signing opportunity will follow the reading. The reading is free and open to the public.

Blair is an award winning, self-described urban folk artist/singer/songwriter/poet from Detroit. He is the 2002 National Poetry Slam Champion and has been nominated for five Detroit Music Awards.

Blair is the author of the "Gorgeous Monsters and Other Folk Tales." The poet has also produced numerous CDs including "Jet Black/White Noise," "Gorgeous Monsters and Other Folk Tales," and "The Urban Folk Collective – Another County and Slave Ships and Radio Waves."

The tossedgreens POETRY Project facilitates an ongoing workshop for Colorado State students and the Fort Collins community that focuses on the cultivation of performance poetry, spoken word poetry as well as staging live performances that combine the works of workshop participants with professional writers and artists.

Blair won Best Folk Artist from Real Detroit Weekly in 2002 and won the 2002 Detroit/Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities Performance Award. In 2003 Blair was honored in the Def Poetry Jam/Metro Times Poetry Contest.

Sponsors for the event include Colorado State’s Department of English, the Associated Students of Colorado State University Diversity Grant and 88.9 FM Homegrown Radio. For more information about Blair’s reading or any other reading event, contact Rich Hamilton at 493-5356 or tossedgreens@hotmail.com.