April is National Poetry Month.  In celebration, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville will host the annual Day of Poetry on Monday, April 18th in Boomer’s on the Pitt-Titusville campus.  The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. featuring spoken word poet, Rudy Francisco.

Poetry written and read by local elementary, middle, and high school students as well as works from the students at Pitt-Titusville and the community will also be featured.

Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry.  He was born, raised and still resides in San Diego, California. At the age of 21, Rudy completed his B.A in Psychology and decided to continue his education by pursuing a M.A in Organizational Studies. As an artist, Rudy Francisco is an amalgamation of social critique, introspection, honesty and humor. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion while simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence. 

 Rudy Francisco seeks to create work that promotes healthy dialogue, discourse and social change.  Furthermore, Rudy has made conscious efforts to cultivate young poets and expose the youth to the genre of Spoken Word Poetry via coaching, workshops and performances at preparatory schools and community centers. Rudy has also received admiration from institutions of higher education. He has conducted guest lectures and performances at countless colleges and universities across the nation. 

 Rudy Francisco has shared stages with prominent artists such as Gladys Knight, Jordin Sparks, Musiq Soul Child, and Jill Scott. He is also the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego, competes in domestic and international poetry slam competitions and had the honor of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Ultimately, Rudy's goal is to continue to assist others in harnessing their creativity while cultivating his own. Rudy Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and appeared on TV One’s “Verses and Flow”

 As part of the Day of Poetry, Francisco will read some of his original works, share his writing process, and lead students and community members through a poetry workshop.

Share your creativity and talent with the community.  Read your original work or share your favorite poem.  All are welcome!  If you are interested in participating, please contact Meredith Kenyon at mkenyon@pitt.edu  There is no charge for this event and light refreshments will be provided.


This event is made possible through partnerships with the Titusville Council on the Arts, Pitt-Titusville Student Activities Board, John Nesbit and Sarah Henne Reese Charitable Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of the Humanities initiative.