WASHINGTON--Chicago poet, writer, performer Mayda del Valle, a 1996 graduate of Maria High School, is one of the featured players Tuesday night at a White House celebration hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle.
The evening entertainment will focus on poetry, music and what the White House called the "spoken word." White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers reminded me that a poety slam is a competition; this is a non-competitive jam
Featured performers include: actor James Earl Jones: author Michael Chabon his wife, essayist Ayelet Waldman; vocalist Esperanza Spalding; pianist Eric Lewis; actor, writer Lin Manuel Miranda and Del Valle. Also on the bill: Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio- HBO's Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Finalist, Joshua Brandon Bennett- HBO's Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Finalist.
You can follow the event live--6:45 p.m. Chicago time at www.whitehouse.gov