November 3, 2015

Contact: Que Dang

Spoken Word Artist Tolteka to Appear Nov. 4 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Interdisciplinary hip hop artist and spoken word poet Tolteka will be the featured guest at the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry event set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Chumash Auditorium in the University Union at Cal Poly.

As an emcee/poet, he's rocked trilingual rhymes on stages throughout his native California, Mexico City, New York City, Seattle and Arizona. He has performed in housing projects, community spaces, hip-hop clubs and universities and at continental indigenous gatherings.

Tolteka is a mentor to the Social Justice Humanitas Academy Poetic Justice team. Cal Poly ethnic studies Professor Jenell Navarro recently published an article featuring an analysis of Tolteka's lyricism and message. The article, titled “Word: Hip-Hop, Language, & Indigeneity in the Americas,” appeared in the February 2015 issue of the Critical Sociology journal.   

Another Type of Groove is a spoken word poetry event held the first Wednesday of every month throughout the school year. Each event includes a featured poet and an open mic opportunity for interested community members and students. The event is free and open to the public.

The MultiCultural Center cultivates a campus-wide community that represents and celebrates the diversity of Cal Poly's student body. The center empowers students to grow beyond their personal barriers, strengthen their understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develop leadership skills, while fostering a sense of belonging.

For more information, contact Que Dang at or 805-756-6256.

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