For Immediate Release
April 28, 2017

Contact: Jose M.P. Leon
805-756-6256; mcc@calpoly.edu

Poet Aman K. Batra to be Featured May 3 at ‘Another Type of Groove’ Event at Cal Poly

Performance Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry will celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an appearance from spoken word artist Aman K. Batra at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Chumash Auditorium on campus.

Batra is an Indian-American from Artesia, Calif. She earned a creative writing degree from UCLA in 2014 and has since immersed herself into written and performance poetry, competing in venues and national slams across the country. She was a member of UCLA’s first slam team and the 2016 Hollywood Slam Team, both of which were catalysts in building her career. She will soon represent the 2017 Hollywood Slam Team, making it her second year competing in the nationals.

She writes about everything, including love, loss and her identity as a first-generation American brown girl. Her work has been featured in All Def Poetry, The Huffington Post, Vibe and Bustle.

Batra works as a teaching artist in Los Angeles County, inspiring risk-taking, “unlearning,” and freedom of expression. Her first chapbook, titled “Stolen Thing” + “Dripping Love,” is available on her website, amankbatra.com.

Cal Poly’s Another Type of Groove is a spoken-word poetry event held the first Wednesday of each 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.

About Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center
The MultiCultural Center cultivates a campuswide 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.

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