Tuesday July 17, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Renowned slam poetry performer Taylor Mali returns to Upstairs Live at the Triplex for his annual summer show.

Mali's new one-man show will be presented Thursday evening at 9 at Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St.

This year's show will be a blend of poetry, spoken word and storytelling. One of the original poets to appear on the seminal HBO series, "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," Mali is generally considered to be the most successful poetry slam strategist of all time, leading six of his seven national poetry slam teams to the finals and winning a record four championships.

Mali is also the author of "What Learning Leaves" and several spoken CD and DVDs. He was also the "golden-tongued, Armani clad villain" of Paul Devlin's 1997 documentary film "Slam Nation," which chronicled the National Poetry Slam Cham pionship of 1996, Mali's first national team championship.

A former teacher and a poet, Mali is a native of New York City. He received a New York Foun dation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop "Teacher! Teacher!" a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math, which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 U.S. Comedy Festival.

Complete ticket and other information is available by telephone at (413) 528-8885 or online at www.thetriplex.com.