By Viviana Vidal

Spoken word artist Kyla Lacey will perform her poetry in room 183 of the McFarland Student Union on Wednesday, April 8.
At 7 p.m. that evening, the Association of Campus Events will host an event that will showcase Lacey reading her slam poetry. Her work extraordinarily draws inspiration from run-of-the-mill life and struggles. In just over three years, the Florida

Cover art of Lacey’s first album, “Away with Words”
Cover art of Lacey’s first album, “Away with Words”

native has been able to share her slam poetry with audiences all over the country.

When asked about her introduction to poetry, she said, “I’ve been writing poetry since I was a little girl, and I got back into it as an adult. It was just a hobby that kind of took off.” Following this rekindled love for poetry, a mentor prompted her to try out her spoken word pieces at the college campus.

From then on, according to Lacey, her pathway to lyrical success had been ignited.

Lacey has been nominated and won various awards including APCA’s (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) 2014 Poet of the Year and Campus Activities Magazine’s Best Female Artist. She was also a finalist in the largest regional poetry slam in the country in 2012.

As far as her audiences are concerned, Lacey spoke about what resonates most with them. “People seem to like ‘The Breakup’ the most. I think a lot of people can really relate to what it feels like to lose someone you really love.”
Lacey seems to transform ordinary occurrences and breathes life into the verses she speaks.

She also considers which of her pieces speaks most to her soul. “I have a piece called ‘Unfairtility.’ It’s a letter to Mother Nature asking her why she decided to give the ability to have children to those who don’t want babies at all. It’s also pretty personal.”

To be frank, Lacey’s work is powerfully raw and unforgivably intimate; an evening with her will have anyone moved by the beauty of her words. For more information on Kyla Lacey, be sure to check out and keep current on upcoming campus events by following ACE on Facebook and Twitter.


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