Sarah Inman, Chattanooga, Tenn. – If you need a grand plan, to write a song for a band or maybe just because you can, come out at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 for a poetry slam.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is hosting a poetry night in the Multicultural Center located on the third floor of the UC.

Offering light refreshments along with a writing workshop before the guest speaker, a National Poetry Slam Champion and Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, G Yamazawa, takes the stage to share his energetic spoken word.

Spoken word is intended to be performed on stage rather than just on the page and is normally associated with having a hip-hop style while telling a story.

This opportunity to hear an upbeat speaker was set up by CAB Variety Chair, Tia Roach, a senior at UTC from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Roach gives the inside scoop on what really is taking place during the Poetry Night.

According to Roach, before his performance at 8:15 p.m. there will be an opportunity to participate in a poetry workshop at 7 p.m. with Yamazawa.

During the workshop, Yamazawa will give students a prompt to write on and then provide feedback on what they wrote or participants can bring something they have written in the past and then take the stage.

“I have always had a thing for spoken word and poetry and wanted to share his talents with everyone,” said Roach.

“This will be a more low-scale, intimate Poetry Night than in the past and an amazing experience for students to be a part of,” said Roach.

Yamazawa has toured in 50 American cities and five European countries. He has won 17 awards in the past six years for his poetry.

Yamazawa was featured in the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, the Pentagon and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Roach saw G perform at a national conference CAB goes to every year and was determined to share his talents with her fellow students at UTC and give students the opportunity to share their talents as well.

If students are interested in sharing some of their own spoken word, Roach would love to make that a reality.

To contact her an find out more about how to be a part of this night, email Tia Roach at

“You don’t have to be the best poet, or a writer, but come if you have an appreciation for poets, G is an amazing performer so just come out and enjoy what he has to say,” said Roach.

To preview some of G Yamazawa’s work, visit