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Date: May 24, 2003

Contact: Sha Cage 612-746-1500 x2

MN Spoken Word Association & Kairo Communications present
Jessica Care Moore
(Def Poetry Jam, Slam Nation (documentary),
Underground Voices (documentary), SLAM (film),
Nas’ CD “Nastradamas”, and many other projects)

Alphabet Verses The Ghetto Tour
featuring BLACK Elephant (of Milwaukee) and Twin Cities spoken word artists

Saturday June 21st at U of M Campus, Coffman Memorial Union (CMU) Theatre, 309 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455. 7pm doors, 8pm performance; $15/$12 in advance/$10 students; All Ages. Call 612-746-1500 (x3) or email for ticket locations.

The MN Spoken Word Association proudly presents the kick off tour of Spoken Word artist, Jessica Care Moore also featuring BLACK Elephant and Twin Cities female spoken word artists, on Saturday June 21, 2003 at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union (CMU) Theatre.

The only five-time winner of the famed ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ Amateur Night competition, Jessica Care Moore has performed on the same stage as CeCe Wynans, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott Herron, The Last Poets, Mos Def, Ossie Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Roy Ayers and others. A main character in the documentary Slamnation, Jessica left audiences in awe with her one-woman play There Are No Asylums For Real Crazy Women, the story of Vivienne Eliot, the late first wife of famous poet T.S. Eliot. Ms. Moore is the founder and president of Moore Black Press, a publishing company founded to give access to the works of up and coming poets and spoken word artists. Jessica was featured on the first season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO and will appear on an upcoming episode of the sophomore season of the acclaimed HBO series. She has performed her poetry in London, Scotland, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. Recently completed a production of her new theatre work Alphaphobia, about a black girl who thinks the alphabet is trying to kill her.

A multifaceted writer, publisher, and international actor, Care Moore hits home with her soulful sound, rapid-fire lyrics and hardcore appeal. Author of the best selling poetry collection, The Words Don’t Fit In My Mouth, she is no ordinary poet-she is one of the hottest young book authors in the country. ” Monica Scott

Jessica Care Moore and her poetry were featured in Born to Sing Mama 3, as well as in the documentaries Underground Voices and SlamNation, and the feature film Slam, which won the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. She has been featured on several TV talk shows, and her poetry has appeared in both mainstream and alternative publications. Moore currently teaches poetry and publishing workshops to high school students in New York City and is CEO at her publishing company, Moore Black Press. She is currently editing The Poetry of Emcees, anthology of poetry by hip hop artists.

Jessica Care Moore in Concert marks the fifth occasion in which The MN Spoken Word Association has hosted a national artist of her caliber, recognition, and artistry. “The success of last summer’s Singers of Daybreak Spoken Word Conference that featured the legendary Last Poets and the fiery ensemble, i was born with two tongues, showed how excited audiences are for quality Spoken Word. The community has made it pretty clear in their overwhelming support that they want to see cutting edge performances that cross and connect local and national borders,” said e.g.bailey, Artistic/Executive Director of The MN Spoken Word Association. The organization is proud to lead as the ‘premiere’ presenting organization in the Twin Cites for quality Spoken Word performances, he adds.

Tickets for Jessica Care Moore in Concert are priced at $15/$12 advance/$10 students, and are available in advance by calling 612-746-1500 or The Coffman Memorial Union (CMU) Theatre is located in 309 Coffman Memorial Union at 300 Washinton Avenue S.E. in Minneapolis.

Note To Press: For more information, promotional photos, or to request an interview, please contact Sh Cage at (612) 746-1500 (x2) or
The MN Spoken Word Association is dedicated to bringing the spoken word community into a stronger alliance while serving as a primary presenter and resource center. Our concentration is both regional and national. We wish to nurture and elevate the community by acting as a focal point for collaborative efforts between artists, venues, and organizations.