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This poetry slam is dedicated to poet and MSU Slam and CUPSI Team alum

Patiense Mckenzie (February 16, 1999 – October 28, 2022).

There will be a special program to honor Patiense from 6:00 – 7:00PM.




Ten poets from MSU and the greater Lansing community will write and perform poetry about the social and environmental issues connected to the global climate crisis, and will compete for three cash prizes: a $500 grand prize, $250 second place prize, and $125 third place prize. The Exhibit S.T.E.A.M Poetry Slam (formally known as the STEAM Engine Poetry Slam) is one of the most unique poetry slams in the world because of the way it maintains the integrity of a normal poetry slam while also having its own personality and originality. The 5th installation of this poetry slam is hosted by Natasha T. Miller, MSU Museum’s Community Engagement Manager and a Women of the World Poetry Slam 3-time- top five finalist, and co-sponsored by RCAH Center for Poetry. This event will be live streamed for the public, and the top poets will be selected by 5 community judges.

The event will also feature Brittany Rogers. Rogers is a poet, mother, educator, and native Detroiter. She has work published or forthcoming in Mississippi Review, The Metro Times, The Offing, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and Oprah Daily. Her work has been anthologized in “The BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic” and “Best of the Net”. Brittany is a fellow of  VONA, The Watering Hole, Poetry Incubator, and Pink Door Writing Retreat. She is Editor in Chief for Muzzle Magazine and co-host of VS Podcast. Learn more about Brittany Rogers here.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition 1.5° Celsius which explores the global climate crisis on view in the MSU Museum’s Main Gallery September 6, 2022 – February 25, 2023.