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Top-ranked slam poet Chris August featured in 'The Menagerie of Awesome'

Performance poet Chris August, winner of the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam competition in Cleveland, Ohio, joins Buffalo-based spoken word artists MC Vendetta and 10,000, the Buffalo Burlesque Collective and local bands Bourbon & Coffee, and The BloodThirsty Vegans for an evening of performances organizer Janna Willoughby-Lohr (aka MC Vendetta) has promoted  as "The Menagerie of Awesome."

The program begins at 8 p.m. tonight at The Vault, on the 2nd floor of 702 Main Street in Buffalo.  Admission is $5.

August, a veteran of over a decade of competition on the national poetry slam scene, represented such cities as Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC at the National Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam competitions before triumphing in Cleveland last year.  Earlier this year, he left his job as a special education teacher to pursue poetry full time. In June, he represented the United States at the Poetry World Cup in Paris, France where he was ranked second in the world. His latest book, "A Life Called Special" (Wilshire Press) is a compilation of his poetry about his work and experiences in the field of special needs education.

--R.D. Pohl

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