Project VOICE poets Kay and Kaye to visit for annual NWFSC Reads


NICEVILLE – Spoken Word Poetry will take center stage at the main event for this year's NWFSC Reads, the college's annual literacy celebration. The event – featuring performance poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye of Project VOICE (Vocal Outreach into Creative Expression) – takes place on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Sprint Theater, part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus.

"For audiences who are new to the medium, this performance is the perfect introduction to the magic of Spoken Word Poetry, but for longtime Spoken Word fans, this show also promises to surprise and reinvigorate a love of the art," according to information provided to the college. "Armed with only a microphone, award-winning Project VOICE performers Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay are champions of vulnerability, cheerleaders for the unexpected, and ruthless flashlights for all your heart's nooks and crannies."

The event is free, and all seating is on a first-come basis. Doors to the Sprint Theater will open at 6:45 p.m.

Immediately preceding the performance by Kay and Kaye on April 18 will be the annual Blackwater Review reception in the adjoining McIlroy Gallery from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The event includes selected student readings and the unveiling of the student art selected for the cover of this year’s Blackwater Review, the college’s annual literary and fine arts journal.

In addition, on Friday, April 15, selected student poets and writers published in this year's Blackwater Review will read and perform their pieces at a casual event at 6 p.m. in the McIlroy Gallery.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the NWFSC Reads webpage.