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“Dare To Speak”: Poetry and Activism Come to Clarke

By Clarke News  |  August 4, 2022

As part of the celebrated Arts@Clarke Series, Clarke University is excited to host “Dare to Speak,” a spoken word event focused on social justice, at 7 p.m. August 23 in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke University campus. 

Collaborators for over a decade, the event will be led by Carlos Andres Gomez and Katie Kramer, who have dedicated their lives and careers to creating community and promoting equity through poetry. Through their work, they offer language and topics of discussion that can bring more equity and inclusivity to schools, workplaces, and communities. 

“We are bringing Carlos Andres Gomes and Katie Kramer and their ‘Dare to Speak’ performance to our campus, because we know that our campus community as well as the greater Dubuque community, especially students, will be genuinely moved by the powerful slam poetry experience” said Joe Klinebriel, Professor of Drama and Chair of the Arts@Clarke committee.

Carlos and Katie present an electric and artful examination of equity and inclusivity and they strive to unite audiences in promoting the idea that, no matter the environment, identities matter.

“Dare to Speak” is free to Clarke students and employees, and the public is welcome to purchase $5 general admission tickets at the door the day of the event. More information about the event is available at