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SpokenHeard with Liza Garza and host Susan Dobbe Chase

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World Wide Word

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Emmy Award-nominated Liza Garza is a rare soul.  An HBO Def poet and vocalist, Liza, possesses the uncommon ability to keep listeners captivated while provoking social change and action in the community.  You Never Knew Until I Spoke, her first book of poetry, was published in 2005 followed by the release of her debut album ‘BloomBeautiful’ in October 2006. Currently Liza is in the process of recording her sophomore project with an expected 2012 release date.Gracefully infused with the spirit of hip-hop and a tapestry of poems and ballads reminiscent of Mexican folk tunes, 'BloomBeautiful' brilliantly displays Liza's diversity through song and spoken word. Liza has shared the stage with several respected musicians and luminaries including Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Amir Sulaiman, and Jill Scott and was a featured poet on HBO's ‘Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry’.  Possessing a degree in Performance Activism from the University of Michigan, Liza spends the balance of her time speaking on topics related to women, hip-hop and culture at colleges, universities and conferences.With perfomances that include The Lincoln Center, The Apollo, the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, and numerous stages world wide, diverse people are finding a home in her voice.