Luther College SAC Spotlight presents slam poet George "G" Yamazawa at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Marty's in the lower level of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus. Tickets for the event are $5 at the door.
The 25-year-old Yamazawa is an award-winning slam poet who has performed his spoken word across the United States, Europe and Dubai. He is best known for his evocative performances on YouTube, where he lyrically critiques disunity and the racism he knew growing up as a Japanese-American in the south.
Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured more than 150 universities across the globe, including Princeton, University of Guam and NYU-Abu Dhabi.
The poet has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One's season three of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Yamazawa's poetry has been published in "Beltway Quarterly," "Asian Fortune Magazine" and "27 Views of Durham," and has shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover and Vice President Joe Biden.
Co-founder of North Carolina's pioneer youth poetry organization, Sacrificial Poets, and advocate for youth empowerment, Yamazawa also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing and performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, D.C. public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a focus in political poetry.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.