About the PresenterRudy Francisco was born and raised in San Diego, California. At the age of 21, he completed his B.A. in psychology and decided to continue his education by pursuing a M.A. in organizational leadership.
As an artist, Francisco combines activism and poetry to enlighten the minds of those who witness his performance. He eloquently absorbs the experiences of those around him, synthesizes them and converts their stories into poetry.
Furthermore, he has made conscious efforts to cultivate young poets and expose the youth to the genre of Spoken Word Poetry through workshops and performances at schools and community centers. Francisco has also conducted guest lectures and performances at numerous colleges and universities around the nation.
In addition to his contributions to education, Francisco is also the co-host of the largest poetry venue in San Diego, and has been featured at countless venues and won the hearts of many with the honesty and conviction held in his words.
Ultimately, his goal is to continue to assist others in harnessing their creativity while cultivating his own. Francisco is the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Champion, the 2010 San Diego Grand Slam Champion, the 2010 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion, and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion.
This event is part of the 2011 Greater Reading Literary Festival at AlverniaStart Date: 10/12/2011 7:00 pm
End Date: 10/12/2011 9:00 pm
Location: Crusader Cafe
Sponsor: Campus Activities Board
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