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Spoken Word Poet Returns to KC

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Kansas City native Nikki Skies was in town to perform at the Blue Room's monthly Jazz Poetry Jams in March. She plans to return to Kansas City in May; hopefully for another performance and a book signing for her latest book of short stories, Mississippi Window Cracks.

By Ty Chandler

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Kansas City, MO – Nikki Skies' spoken word poetry can be heard on stages across the country. But the one city that hasn't been a part of Skies tour plans was Kansas City, and ironically, this is her hometown. She moved to Los Angeles more than a decade ago. But this month she finally got up the nerve to come back and headline the monthly Jazz Poetry Jam in the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum. Nikki Skies also dropped by KCUR and talked to Ty Chandler about the experience.

This story was produced for KC Currents.

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