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Climbing PoeTree To Perform at Keene State

KEENE, N.H. 9/28/09 - On Monday, October 5, the internationally acclaimed performance duo Climbing PoeTree will give a free performance at 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of Keene State College’s Young Student Center.

In the midst of a ground-breaking tour, Alixa and Naima will perform excerpts from their acclaimed multi-media show about unnatural disaster and a great shift in universal consciousness with Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in the Water.

Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two queer, mixed-race, and immigrant women of color who have sharpened their art as tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Their repertoire of dual- voice poems explore diverse themes, including state and personal violence, environmental justice, civil rights, spirituality, sexuality, and woman’s empowerment.

With roots in Haiti and Columbia, Aliza and Naima reside in Brooklyn and have traveled across the country on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. They have performed in more than 80 cities with artists such as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Danny Glover, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Keene State’s Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism, Campus Commission on Diversity and Multiculturalism, and Common Ground. For more information, contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne at 603-358-2768 or

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