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MSU Denver Hosts 7th Annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival

Crossing borders, building bridges festival encourages social activism through poetry

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 14, 2014

WHAT:      Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Chicana/o Studies celebrates social activism through poetry with the 7th Annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival. This free cultural celebration honors activist poet Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado, who worked alongside famous Chicana/o civil rights leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, and was the recipient of a handwritten civil rights award from Rosa Parks, scholar elder of the civil rights movement.  

Featured poets include Jessica Helen Lopez, TED Talks alumna, nationally recognized award-winning slam poet and University of New Mexico borderland poetics instructor, and Bobby Le Febre, award-winning spoken word artist, actor and social worker. Other poets are Escuela Tlatelolco CEO Nita Gonzales, Jessie Ramirez, Kitty Crimes, students from the Lalo Delgado Campus of Denver’s STRIVE Preparatory Schools and MSU Denver faculty including Sandra Doe, Ph.D., Renee Fajardo, Ph.D., Allison Cotton, Ph.D., and Ramon Del Castillo, Ph.D. The Delgado family’s great-grandchildren will participate as well.

WHERE: St. Cajetans Event Center at MSU Denver (east of 7th Street on Lawrence Way)


WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.


9 a.m.                        Opening blessing by Aztec Troupe Huitzilopochtli

9:30 a.m.                   Theme: Palabras del Maestro (Words of the Zen Master Lalo Delgado)

                                             Sandra Doe, Ph.D., speaking on poets representing community

                                             PoJazz by Freddy Rodríguez and Asia Fajardo          

11 a.m.                     Theme: El Grito de Liberacion (Poetry of the Oppressed)

                                             Greeting by Luis Torres, Ph.D., deputy provost of Academic and Student Affairs

                                             Bobby Le Febre, grand slam poetry champion, activist and social worker

12:30 p.m.                Theme: Mujeres de Valientes (Women of Valor)

                                            Nita Gonzales, CEO of Escuela Tlatelolco and Chicana civil rights leader

                                            Jessica Helen Lopez, nationally recognized award-winning slam poet

2 p.m.                       Open mic


MSU Denver values, embraces and promotes diversity, and respects the achievements put forth by activists such as Lalo Delgado. Regarded as the national grandfather of Chicano literature, Delgado’s impact on the Latino community aligns with the University’s mission to foster a culturally inclusive environment.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans through university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.

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