Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Writer, Performance Artist Tammy Gómez Gives Public Reading, Offers Student Workshop at A&M-Kingsville April 25-26

KINGSVILLE - April 18, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Poetry reading and book signing at adjacent Perks Coffee House April 27

Tammy Gomez Reading

Texas Medal of Arts award nominee for 2007 Tammy Gómez comes to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to share her writings and the skills behind them Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26.

Gómez is a spoken word artist and multimedia performer who is recognized for her cutting-edge performance art work, including the award-winning “Maya Matematica” and  “Malinchuca,” as well as her poetry, which has been widely published. Her influences (Chicano history, modern and butoh dance, experimental  theater, art and literature) have added color to the way in which she addresses socio-political struggles and concerns.

Currently based in Fort Worth, Gómez earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology/pre-legal studies from Goucher College in Maryland and has studied literature and writing with Chicano greats Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jose Montoya and Raul R. Salinas.

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, the public is invited to attend a free performance poetry reading in the Little Theatre on the A&M-Kingsville campus.

Gómez will lead a creative writing workshop for university students from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in the Blue Room of Fore Hall. Later from 5:30-7 p.m., there will be a reception for Gómez in the Blue Room.

The artist will be off campus Friday, April 27, to host a poetry reading and book signing from 5-7 p.m. at Perks Coffee House, located at 706 North Armstrong.

In addition, Gómez will present additional writing workshops for Academy High School, and KEYS Academy/LASER School and speaking with an A&M-Kingsville Spanish class taught by Dr. Michelle R. Johnson-Vela.

The visit by Gómez is made possible by Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the department of language and literature’s Spanish program, the Women’s Enrichment and Advisory Committee, the Quality Enhancement Plan, Academy High School, KEYS Academy/LASER School and Sigma Delta Pi.


For more information, contact Marco Íñiguez Alba at 361-593-2399 or email at kfmoi00@tamuk.edu.

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