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Doane Marks National Hispanic Heritage Month With Poetry and Music

EchopoeticoDoane will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with poetry and music Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Hispanic Heritage Month honors the Hispanic American heritage and its influence and celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days in September.

Doane events in honor of the month include:

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Common Grounds Coffeehouse - A performance by poet Dominique Garay and musician Oscar Rios, founder of the multicultural ensemble "Kusi Taki."

Called Echopoetico, they fuse traditional South American music with performance poetry.

Garay is a Lincoln native who began writing and performing poetry in the early 90s.  In 2003 he was introduced to "slam poetry," becoming a member of the Omaha Slam Team that represented Nebraska in the 2003 National Poetry Slam in Chicago.

Rios founded Kusi Taki, whose music originated in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

For more information, contact Wilma Jackson, director of Multicultural Support Services, at 402.826.8620.