Marlboro College


International Slam Poetry Champion
Gayle Danley Comes to Marlboro

Marlboro, Vermont—Gayle Danley, the 1996 international poetry slam champion, will perform and discuss her work in slam poetry on Monday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College as part of Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series.

Slam, a combination of movement, voice, drama and the written word to deliver poetry in an unforgettable way, was developed by the poet Marc Smith in the 1980’s. In “Very, Very Human: Creating Poems That Speak to Us All,” Danley blends real life experiences, feeling and power to leave listeners with a lasting emotional message. “I want people to connect. I want them to relive an experience,” says Danley, “I want my audience to hear and feel the poem.”

Danley won the 1994 National Individual Slam Poet competition only months after discovering slam. Subsequently, she produced a one-woman show, “Brilliance,” and published three books: Naked, Soulfull—A Slam Poetry Study Guide and Passionate—Poems You Can Feel. Danley brings slam to students through workshops at elementary and secondary schools, and performances and lectures at colleges throughout the country. She earned her M.A. in radio, television and film at Syracuse University and her B.A. in broadcast journalism from Howard University.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Marlboro’s Monday Night Lectures Series is funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and an anonymous donor. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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