An Evening With Xero Skidmore: Poet, Educator, And Non Profit Leader

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Please join Xero Skidmore at Post East for an evening of poetry and conversation next Monday, April 20 from 6 - 7:30pm. Xero is 2013 Individual World Slam Champion, Executive Director of Forward Arts in Baton Rouge, and big hearted advocate for spoken word education and literacy.

Born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, Xero grew up involved in a love affair with language that has never lost its spark. When early fatherhood forced him out of school and into the workforce after his second year of college, he continued to fervently read and educate himself. He also never stopped writing and performing.

From 2004 to 2006 he served as Artistic Director of the non-profit, theater-based youth organization City at Peace-Baton Rouge. He is one of the primary organizers of a monthly open-mic and poetry slam, The Eclectic Truth.

He has represented Baton Rouge at the National Poetry Slam from 2000 to 2010, serving both a coach and team member. He has been ranked twice among the top five slam poets in the United States through that competition (4th in 2002 and 4th in 2005). In 2010, he ranked 3rd at the Individual World Poetry Slam Festival and in 2013 he ranked 1st.

He has facilitated writing workshops for youth and adults in Louisiana and throughout the country over the past ten years. You can find his work published in the anthology, Spoken Word Revolution Redux by Sourcebooks mediaFusion and the Spring 2010 volume of the New Delta Review by LSU Press.

Currently, Xero teaches poetry to teens in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas through Forward Arts’ WordPlay Teen Writing Project. He serves as Executive Director of Forward Arts, Inc. and works as Program Manager/ lead teaching artist of WordPlay.

In addition to poetry, Xero also plays percussion for a few bands and loves to hang out with his daughter in her music studio.

Light sandwiches, snacks, and beverages will be available at The Post on this evening which will be staying open late to host the event.

This event is made possible by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and South Arts.

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