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AOCFEST HOST Spotlight: Kane Smego


Kane Smego will be your Official Host Friday at Pinhook & Saturday night at Beyu Caffe

Kane “Novakane” Smego is a National Poetry Slam finalist, Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, touring artist, and Artistic Director of 2010’s Indy Arts Award-winner Sacrificial Poets, a nationally-competing youth poetry organization based out of the Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Kane has taught workshops and performed all over the country, featuring at such historic venues as the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, and the birthplace of Slam Poetry, Chicago’s Green Mill.

He has also toured internationally, performing and teaching in England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Costa Rica, and Canada. In the summer of 2011, Kane helped create and lead the Poetic Portraits of a Revolution (PPR2011) project that traveled to Egypt and Tunisia to collect stories of the popular revolutions, and broadcasted them as poems in an eight-week radio series on the National Public Radio affiliate WUNC. Kane was recently featured on the King Mez debut album, My Everlasting Zeal, alongside such accomplished artists as Lupe Fiasco’s producer, Soundtrakk, and Grammy Award-nominee J. Cole. In January 2014 he was invited to perform at the Shriver Report’s live event in Washington, D.C. hosted by Atlantic Magazine and later broadcast on C-SPAN.

Kane grew up in the Durham-Chapel Hill area, and in 2010 graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was awarded the Sterling A. Stoudemire Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Kane seeks to inspire youth and adults to tell their own stories, and challenges them to transform themselves and their communities through the use of the spoken and written word.

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