CWU Women’s Poetry Slam

Blog Written By: Miraclejoy “MJ” Curtis

Look forward to powerful, enticing and provocative words spoken at Central Washington University’s 2nd Annual Women’s Poetry Slam. This is an event that you’d typically pay for, trust me! But it’s free and open for everyone to attend.

It’s not your typical slam, the atmosphere will be set with a tall stage, back drop of fluorescent lighting, music, snapping of the finger and cheer-ons from the crown as the women recite their poem of their truth.


Last year, I was a participant and boy, I’ll tell ya, what an inspiring experience. Thinking back to my first time, I was quivering as I stepped onto the stage to speak my reality of being a woman in a time of grief and vulnerability. But I stood with confidence and found power within to share a piece of myself with my fellow wildcats.

This year, the Women’s Poetry Slam is a going to feature tap-dancing, live paintings, a Beyoncé piece, and even a dance party after the performances of each poet.


“It will be fun and invigorating to hear people from this school speak their truth. The atmosphere will be an open and real space for folks to be themselves.” says Taylor Boteilho, event coordinator.

Mark your calendars for May 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom. For more information please contact Taylor Boteilho, Student Programmer, CDSJ via email at


Check out this recap video of last year’s poetry slam!


Welcoming Celebrated Author and Vietnam Veteran Tim O’Brien to CWU: NEA Big Read Event

April 25 • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
McConnell Auditorium • Free

As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read event, CWU will host the award-winning author of “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien. CWU is the only university in the Pacific Northwest to receive the Big Read Grant.

O’Brien, a Purple Heart recipient, crafts interrelated short stories about his experiences as a Vietnam Veteran. “The Things They Carried“, a book that has impacted readers from all walks of life, blends fact with fiction and portrays different perspectives of the same event, taking readers on an insightful journey about not only warfare but also the contrast between the truth and reality soldiers face during war.  Continue reading

Students of Color Summit: Agents of Change

Students of Color Conference-33Excitement, friendships and the drive to create change and positive influences are just a few things that the Students of Color Summit generated at CWU earlier this month.

On the first weekend of April, CWU partnered with the Washington Student Association to host over 224 students from 13 universities and schools to celebrate diversity and inclusivity through a fun and immersive environment.

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“Beyond Vietnam”: Sparking Modern-Day Discussion with the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Megan_Francis_headshotGuest Speaker Megan Ming Francis

April 10 | 4 – 5:30 p.m. | SURC Ballroom

Megan Ming Francis will be introducing and leading discussion on PBS Documentary “MLK: A Call to Conscience”. This event, on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, will spark conversation regarding political activism during a time of war.  Continue reading

Aspen String Trio hits the Central Stage


Join us for a night of music and inspiration as we welcome the Aspen String Trio to the Central stage. These classically trained musicians regularly move audiences to their feet, garnering rave national and global reviews.

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