Award Winning Artist to Perform at Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Spoken word artist Gabriela Garcia MedinaIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Penn State Wilkes-Barre will be hosting a free performance by spoken word artist Gabriela Garcia Medina on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in the Barry Auditorium of the campus Academic Commons.

An international artist and award winning poet, Medina has presented her powerful poetry at colleges and festivals all over the world in locations such as Switzerland, South Africa, Cuba, Brazil, and all over the United States.

A guest speaker for such events as Women's History Month, Latino Heritage Month, Human Trafficking Awareness Week, Palestine Awareness Week, AIDS Awareness Week, and many others, Medina has also been commissioned by national non-profit organizations to facilitate and lead performance workshops, teaching spoken word as a form of self-empowerment.

Medina has also served as the managing director of the Human Writes Project (2004-2007), an organization composed of artists, poets, and emcees utilizing the medium of spoken word, poetry, and hip hop as a way to advocate social change.

A graduate of UCLA's School of Theatre Film and Television with a major in theatre and a minor in Chicano/a studies, Medina has merged her classical training with her cultural knowledge and political consciousness to enhance the empowerment potential of her poetry, performances, art, and workshops.

For more information, contact Jackie Warnick-Piatt, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Activities Coordinator, at [email protected] or 570-675-9284 or visit  For additional information on upcoming events at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, please visit the campus events page.