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Shadowboxers Anonymous

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Oct. 15 | 7pm | Grafton-Stovall Theatre

The JMU LGBT & Ally Education Program presents The Queer Slam Poetry Duo, better known as Shadowboxers Anonymous, 7:00 p.m., Oct. 15, at Grafton-Stovall Theatre.

Shadowboxers Anonymous have inspired audiences worldwide with their powerful writing and captivating performances. The duo met as members of the 2007 San Francisco National Poetry Slam team. Frustrated with the gendered inequity in slam, they founded the Bay Area Women's Slam Collective to empower other women to write, perform, and compete. They succeeded, transforming the scene into one of the most progressive slam powerhouses in the country. Since then, they've toured extensively, empowering and energizing audiences everywhere.

Laura Yes Yes has competed in regional and national poetry slams many times, notably placing fourth in 2010's Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her first book, How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps, was nominated for a National Book Award by Write Bloody Publishing. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow and associate editor for Muzzle Magazine. Her poems have been published in decomP, The Legendary, and kill author, as well as the Cave Canem and Write Bloody anthologies. She is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson.

Kim Johnson has been a competitor on countless national slam teams, and has participated in numerous individual competitions, achieving finals stage at the 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam. Kim is also known for being one of the coaches that led the 2009 San Francisco team to a third-place finish at the National Poetry Slam. She continues her work as a mentor with Youth Speaks San Francisco and Lyrical Minded SF, and leads workshops at group homes, Title One neglected schools, and mental health facilities throughout the Bay Area.

Together, Shadowboxers Anonymous put on a show unlike any other and are passionate about inspiring a new generation of writers to discover the transformative power of performance poetry.

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