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Spoken word artist performs March 8

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Campus Engagement Office will host Spoken Word Artist Asia Samson, of the Asia Project, on Tuesday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public; anyone attending will be required to wear a face covering and either be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 2,000 colleges with its acoustic musical poetry act. On the microphone is Asia Samson, a Florida-based writer, poet, and part-time ninja. He has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez, and KRS-One. On acoustic guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan, who brings the poetry to new emotional levels with his music.

Together, they have been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Button Poetry, TEDx, NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, BET’s Lyric Café, SoFar Sounds, Story Conference, Entrepreneur’s Organization, and many poetry slams and festivals around the country. They also have worked with companies such as the U.S. Military, Nokia, Disney, To Write Love On Her Arms, and AEvolve.

The Asia Project has broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act in the college market, garnering them the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year three times.

For more information about Asia, visit The Asia Project website. For more details about this event, contact Madi Exferd, Coordinator of Campus Engagement, at madison.exferd@maine.edu.