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National Poetry Month

In Case You Missed It Vol. 29

Did you join NACA for their NACA Live 2021 Conference? We had a blast chatting with all of you in our virtual booth and sharing all of our amazing programs with you. If you didn’t have a chance to see the showcasing acts, we’re here to give you a recap on what you missed at the conference! Watch the showcasing performances below and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on … Continued

My Voice My Choice: Embracing the Power of Your Authentic Voice

by Jaylene Clark Owens In a year consumed by a pandemic, protests, and politics, many people have a lot to say. It can be easy for someone to feel like their voice doesn’t matter amongst all the other voices. Others may not know what to say, or when to say it. Then there are others who may adopt the opinions of others because they fear that their unique voice may be criticized, mocked, or silenced. … Continued

Where to Eat in Denver? | NACA Live 2020

by: I.N.K.’s Lane Shuler The time has come, NACA Live 2020 is nearly here! What would traveling to a new city be without trying out some new restaurant? Sad. That’s what. Here is my list of the must-eat restaurants in Denver Colorado. As always, check with your advisor to ensure you are clear to go, and NEVER miss a showcase to have a meal on your own or anything else off-site! Sam’s No. 3. This … Continued

Denver Themed Playlist for NACA 2020

by: I.N.K.’s Lane Shuler Whenever I travel, I try to not only listen to artists FROM the city I’m in, but also songs ABOUT the city I’m in as well. Here is a list of songs mentioning Denver. Put these on a playlist and blast them as you take off to NACA Live 2020. Denvemolorado – Atmosphere I mentioned in an earlier blog post that this album inspired me to b ea traveling artist many … Continued

Denver Travel Guide 2020 | NACA Live

by: I.N.K.’s Lane Shuler Greetings! When I was a senior in High School my brother got me a copy of Atmosphere’s Seven’s Travel’s CD.  Back then, if you wanted music, you could try to download all of the MP3’s in the right order while simultaneously accidentally nuking your family computer, or you could wait to get the physical copy. That album was one of the things that inspired me to be a traveling artist, the … Continued

Lane Shuler | 48 hours of Marvel

Of all of the accomplishments I’ve racked up in life, I maybe pulled off the most impressive of all time this summer.  I’ve set foot on North Korean soil, released a full length music album, obtained my real estate broker’s license, been featured on HGTV, traveled the nation performing slam poetry at NACA and APCA conferences, and colleges and universities, married the love of my life, and many more exciting things. Out of all of … Continued

Where to Eat? – Fall Conference Guide 2019

by Lane Shuler Hello! Lane Shuler with I.N.K. here! We are the nation’s premier traveling college poetry duo! We’ve performed at NACA and APCA conferences all over the nation, and when we come to a new town, we ALWAYS try to find the best food we can find. Now, at most conferences, you’ll have some meals that are provided by the conference as a group, and other meals which are “meal on your own” meals. … Continued

Ryan Jones | From Student to Performer

by Poet Ryan Jones “So, we’re headed up to Chattanooga for a few days for this national conference for activities boards like ours. If you can spare missing a few days of class, let me know and you’re free to come.” “What the name of the conference again?” “NACA South. Short for the National Association of College Activities.” — It’s incredibly difficult to wrap my head around the idea that I’ll be attending NACA South … Continued

Poet Elizabeth Acevedo’s Novel Releases This March

Spoken Word Artist, Elizabeth Acevedo, is receiving a wealth of praise for her new Young Adult (YA) book, The Poet X. The book follows, Xiomara, a 15 year-old Afro-Dominican teen preparing to make her Catholic Confirmation who turns to writing as a way to cope with her wavering faith, and family discord. Author, Elizabeth, is well known for her award-winning slam poetry. As a college poet, she travels around United States and has performed at over 100 colleges … Continued

Terisa Siagatonu: Passionate Community Organizer

Spoken Word Artists, Terisa Siagatonu, is a passionate community organizer. When Terisa is off stage, you can find her dedicating her time and effort to today’s youth and building a better community for the future. Terisa is a mentor for Pacific Islanders of Tomorrow (PILOT), a community leadership program dedicated to empowering youth, and largely involved with Youth Speaks, an organization that empowers youth through arts education. With Youth Speaks Terisa is a poet mentor, workshop facilitator, Project … Continued

Elizabeth Acevedo’s, The Poet X, Receives a Wealth of Praise

  Spoken Word Artist, Elizabeth Acevedo, is receiving a wealth of praise for her new Young Adult (YA) book, The Poet X. The book follows, Xiomara, a 15 year old Afro-Dominican teen preparing to make her Catholic Confirmation who turns to writing as a way to cope with her wavering faith, and family discord. Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, calls the novel “a story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into … Continued

The Places Poetry Will Take You

The Places Poetry Will Take You  By Spoken Word Artist, Elizabeth Acevedo  One of the things I feel most blessed about, is how poetry takes me to the most unexpected places. I began writing out of a need to understand the world around me. To understand my neighborhood. I won’t say I grew up in the roughest of places, but it was a hood like so many hoods: fire hydrants acting as sprinklers, drug dealers … Continued