Gateway Poetry Jam Feb. 13 Features Spoken Word Artist Brandon Xplicit

Gateway Community and Technical College will feature rising young poet Brandon Xplicit Thornton at a Poetry Jam Feb. 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the colleges Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas More Parkway. The performance is part of Gateways observance of Black History Month.

A former college math instructor, Xplicit is a slam poet who draws inspiration for his work from life experience. His performances feature poems about financial responsibility, credit cards, family and relationship struggles, responsible college living and Black history. He has performed at more than 100 college campuses in the past two years and recently released a CD entitled Life After Poetry.

In addition to his poetry career, Xplicit, who lives in St. Louis, remains active in the community by mentoring young men through Big Brothers Big Sisters and other organizations. Preview Xplicits work at http://brandonxplicit.tumblr.com/.
Xplicits performance at Gateway is free and open to the public. The event will take place in the Student Services Center, Room E101. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats will be reserved for members of the humanities class hosting the performance. For more information, contact Rock Neelly, rock.neelly@kctcs.edu, 859-442-1197.
The performance precedes Gateways primary Black History Month event known as Super Sunday. This recruiting fair will take place Feb. 24 at the colleges Covington Urban Center, 525 Scott Boulevard, at 1 p.m. With involvement from several local African American congregations, Gateway hosts the afternoon open house to provide admissions, financial aid, academic program and other information to participants.
Super Sunday is free and open to the public. It is part of a statewide effort by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to encourage African Americans and others to pursue higher education. For more information on Gateways Super Sunday event, contact Michael Lee, Michael.lee@kctcs.edu, 859-815-7799.