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Date(s) - 11/13/2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

University Center Auditorium


Jinahie, (“my wings” in Arabic) is an extraordinarily gifted, Egyptian-American spoken word poet hailing from DC. Over the past few years, she has quickly become one of DC’s finest spoken word poets and is a highly sought after performer. Jinahie’s unique style on stage has captivated audiences of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Her poetry creatively spans a variety of issues and cultures; her technique is a masterful display of craft, precision, skill, and grace.  In 2008, Jinahie competed and was selected to hold a coveted spot on the Maryland Youth Slam Team as part of the Brave New Voices (BNV) International Youth Poetry Slam (2008, DC) which was made into a documentary series on HBO (Russell Simmons).

For Jinahie, spoken word is a vehicle to inspire and educate others.  Her areas of interest include gender, ethnic strife, racial prejudice, sexuality, poverty, corruption, war, and injustice.  Currently, Jinahie is a psychology and creative writing double major at the University of Maryland, College Park, and performs her spoken word at colleges and universities throughout the country.  She serves as a mentor for abused and disadvantaged children, works with students with disabilities, and guest teaches local creative writing workshops.  She is also currently involved in several collaborative efforts with other spoken word artists and musician having shared the stage with many including: Common, Mos Def, Thirteen, MC K-Swift, The Roots, John Mayer, Branford Marsalis, Smokey Robinson, and Baba Israel.  She hopes to become a counselor for abused, traumatized, and disadvantaged youth with a focus on the use of spoken word.

All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise stated. Student ID is required for all students. For more information about these events or to arrange disability accommodations, contact Student Activities @ or 865.974.5455.

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