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David Gaines brings a poetry slam to the Cove

Poet David Gaines shares poetry inspired by his life. Photo provided by Claire Sargent

Poet David Gaines shares poetry inspired by his life. Photo provided by Claire Sargent

Poet David Gaines shares poetry inspired by his life. Photo provided by Claire Sargent

Poet David Gaines shares poetry inspired by his life. Photo provided by Claire Sargent

Campus organizations Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and Student Activities Council presented an open mic night at the Cove on Thursday, Sept. 13. Spoken word poet David Gaines kicked off the event by sharing his work for the first hour, then students came up to the mic to share their own work. The Cove was packed with students and faculty members who came to listen to Gaines and UNO’s own students share their work. Gaines is from Philadelphia, and he graduated from Pennsylvania State University. During his college career, he was involved in the Writers Organized to Represent Diverse Stories (WORDS) club on campus, where he says he became passionate about poetry.

Gaines’ work is centered around social justice issues, such as racism.

“At Penn State, I was one of the few African-American students on campus, and I wasn’t always treated fairly because of that,” he said. He told the crowd at the Cove that he could see that UNO was much more diverse than his alma mater, and that made him feel very welcomed.

Gaines’ work is also centered around other sensitive and personal subjects, such as addiction and death. In one of his poems, he explains how he and his friends were drinking under the age of 21, and it became such a problem that they went to jail and to the hospital due to alcohol addiction. In another poem, he tells the story of his younger sister’s death and how she lives on through his work. The emotion in these works was felt throughout the crowd and set the tone for students to come share their own work after Gaines left the stage. The Student Activities Council is the official programming board of the University of New Orleans, and they plan events for the entire UNO community. Students interested in joining the Student Activities Council can contact them via email at [email protected]

The Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship aids students in their spiritual, mental, and academic lives. Those interested in joining the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship can contact them via email at [email protected]

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