At House Tonight / Obamas Plan / First-Ever Poetry Slam
Mayda Del Valle, ELEW among invitees
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 12, 2009 3:54 PM CDT
The poetry slam will be the White House's first such event.   (Shutter stock)

(Newser) – Check off another campaign promise. President Obama is hosting the White House’s first-ever poetry slam, part of his vow to open up “the people's house” to artists, WNBC-TV reports. The 100 guests include actor James Earl Jones, writer Michael Chabon, jazz musician Esperanza Spalding, and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda. “To see our nation’s talent and be part of history is amazing,” says one guest.