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Three time National Slam Poetry finalist and Author Lauren Zuniga to perform at Washburn University Feb 11

Lauren Zuniga, author and one of the most accomplished poetry slammers in the nation will perform on Feb. 11 at Washburn University. Dennis Etzel, author; lecturer, English, Washburn; and Washburn alumnus, will open for Zuniga. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Washburn Room, Memorial Union and will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Zuniga, born and raised in Oklahoma, is the author of two poetry collections, “The Nickel Tour” and “The Smell of Good Mud.” She was on the 2007 and 2008 Oklahoma slam teams and is the 2009 Living Arts Slam Champion. Zuniga finished near the top at both the 2009 and 2010 Women of Poetry Slam. In 2012, she served as the Activist-In-Residence for the University of Oklahoma and was voted Best Local Author by the Oklahoma Gazette.

Zuniga’s latest book, “The Smell of Good Mud,” explores the wild terrain of queer, feminist, collective living in the conservative state of Oklahoma. Set in a house named Clementine, these poems offer a communal meal, a radiant love affair and the inner carnival of a single mother.

Etzel released a book of poems “The Sum of Two Mothers,” in November 2013. In this small book of poems Etzel recounts a fragmented chronology from his childhood to his fatherhood. Etzel’s book is as much about growing up with two mothers, as it is about becoming a father who is raising two sons with a more inclusive, but equally protected, model of the world.

Campus Activities Board is sponsoring the event. For more information, contact 785-670-1222, Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153

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