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April 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Fort Morgan, CO. 04/16/14.  The Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) and the CreativeImage: Uche Ogbuji Writing Club at Morgan Community College (MCC) present Uche Ogbuji for the spring semester’s Open Mic Poetry Night on Thursday, April 17 beginning at 7 p.m., and a writing workshop on Friday, April 18 at noon.

Those interested in reading for Open Mic should arrive 15 minutes early to sign up. The evening will begin with community poetry readings from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Ogbuji’s reading in Bloedorn Lecture Hall at the Fort Morgan campus. Refreshments will be provided by MCC’s Creative Writing Club.

Ogbuji also will conduct a brown bag workshop titled "Poetry From the Heart’s Far-Flung Places” on Friday, April 18 from 12-1:30 p.m. in Spruce Hall, Room 317 at the Fort Morgan campus.

“T. S. Eliot famously carried forward the idea of poetry as ‘purifying the dialects of the tribe’,” notes Ogbuji. “However, the modern relationship between ‘tribe,’ dialect, and place has become complex and poets have an important role in exploring and preserving the patterns of language and idea inherent in our own heritage and traveling. The results have great power to move people, who are themselves ever moving.”

Both events are free and open to the public. Workshop participants will be prompted from Ogbuji's own travels and explorations of emblematic poetry from Africa, Europe and North America, then will follow an approach based on the "excursion" principle of brainstorming in order to tap into themes of their own travels.                     

Uche Ogbuji, born in Calabar, Nigeria, has lived, among other places, in Egypt and England, but never anywhere longer than 3 years in his life until he came to Colorado. Here he was instantly smitten by the mountain landscape and cultural flavor and he has now settled near Boulder with his wife and four children. Ogbuji is a computer engineer and entrepreneur whose abiding passion is poetry. His poems are widely published and infuse Igbo culture, Western classicism, and hip-hop style. Publications include ELF: Eclectic Literary Forum, Corium Magazine, Soundzine, Lucid Rhythms, The Flea, IthacaLit, Unsplendid, String Poet, Mountain Gazette, The Raintown Review, YB Poetry, Victorian Violet and Scree.            

For more information about CACE, please visit www.MorganCC.edu/CACE. Questions about Open Mic Poetry Night or the workshop can be directed to Rachel Kellum at (970) 542-3203.

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