National Coming Out Day and Poetry Open Mic

Date: October 11, 2018

Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Location: Student Center Annex

  • Palo Alto College, Faculty & Staff, Students, Community, Arts & Culture

On this day, we honor the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1979 and the right to “come out” and openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally. This event marks the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.In recognition of National Coming Out Day, students are invited and encouraged to share their poetic creativity to a friendly and supportive audience

This Open Mic is hosted by Jomar Valentin, a queer, Pilipino Spoken Word artist based in Austin who was born of immigrant parents. His work has been published by The University of Texas Liberal Arts Literary Magazine, and 310 Brown St. Jomar was a member of the Austin Neo Soul National Poetry Slam team in 2009, 2010, and 2015, and a member of the Austin Poetry Slam National Poetry Slam Team in 2011, 2014 and 2016. Jomar was the Austin Poetry Slam Champion in 2014, as well as Austin’s Individual World Poetry Slam Champion in 2014 and 2017. Jomar is the current Slam Master and Producer of Austin Poetry Slam, Austin’s longest running weekly poetry slam event. He is the first person of color as well as the first queer person to hold the position in the over two-decade history of The Austin Poetry Slam.

***Free food provided.***

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