February 26, 2014
North Central Missouri College’s Residence Life Department will once again present a free program by award-winning poet Roderick Odd?Rod Borisade. Odd?Rod will be at the Ketcham Community Center on the NCMC campus in Trenton at 9 p.m. on Monday, March 3. He specializes in “slam poetry” which is spoken word poetry frequently politicized by drawing upon economic and gender injustice as well as current events for subject matter.
Odd?Rod is a 27-year-old poet, author, recording artist and philanthropist raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He received a full scholarship from the Kessler Foundation to attend the University of North Florida, where he earned a BFA in graphic design with a concentration in multimedia. His conversational tone and use of plain English endears him to his audiences, who are able to relate to his life’s difficulties. Rod authored three poetry books, “Simply Put,” “Simple Still” and “Visions Thru the P.O.O.R. (Poetry of Odd Rod).” In 2006 he wrote “Dying Flowers,” a poem used in a gun bounty campaign, and he was commissioned to write and star in the “See it, Say it, Stop it” Crime Prevention Campaign commercials as well as the “Let’s Do This” NFL promotional campaign.
The Odd?Rod program is free and open to the public.