Sarah Kay

Speaker


Sarah Kay

Spoken-Word Poet

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her famous TED talk–a talk that inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online–she tells the story of her metamorphosis from a wide-eyed teenager soaking-in verse, to becoming a teacher who connects youth with the power of self-expression through her non-profit educational organization. A gifted artist and breathtaking performer, Sarah empowers audiences of any age and background to embrace words to find their voice.

Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., an education organization that celebrates and inspires self-expression in youth through spoken-word poetry. Through her involvement with the organization, Sarah has taught spoken-word poetry to students of all ages, in classrooms and workshops all over the world. She is also a documentary filmmaker, playwright, singer, songwriter, photographer, and editor for Write Bloody Publishing, and holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College.

Sarah has performed her poetry in venues across the United States, including the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the United Nations, where she was a featured performer for the launch of the 2004 World Youth Report. Her international credits include the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Singapore.

She is the author of the book B, which was ranked the number one poetry title on Amazon.com, and her newest work, No Matter The Wreckage, an American poetry bestseller. Her work can also be found in literary journals, such as Foundling Review, Damselfly Press, decomP, the Literary Bohemian, and Pear Noir!


Considering Breakthrough

What does it mean to have a breakthrough?  How can breakthroughs guide us in the right direction?  Sarah Kay teaches and performs in schools all over the world, sharing stories of her personal breakthroughs and showing audiences how to find their own.

Connecting with Spoken Word Poetry

Sarah Kay shares her experiences of how she uses the spoken word to motivate and encourage others to express and understand themselves better. She also tells the story of how this ancient art form has been re-borne in an era dominated by social media.

Our Words as Women

Sarah Kay speaks about her journey as a writer, teacher, and performer, exploring how the nuances of her gender has affected her path and her poetry. This talk is perfect for women’s leadership groups and female empowerment.

Spoken Word Poetry Changing the Classroom

How can an unconventional art form like spoken word poetry transform a classroom and a school community?

Sarah Kay is a celebrated educator with a Masters Degree in Education and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. She has been the keynote speaker and facilitator of professional development at many Education Conferences including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the European Council of International School (ECIS), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), among others.

Listen as Sarah shares some of her personal classroom experiences and explains how this art form is a revolutionary education tool.

Professional Development Workshop for Educators

Sarah Kay has led professional development workshops with hundreds of educators at schools and universities around the world as the founder of Project VOICE. She has also been specially invited to lead professional development workshops at large-scale education conferences and events such as all three of the International Baccalaureate Organization Regional Conferences, the Annual Conference of the European Council of International Schools, the European Council of International Schools, the Association of International Schools in Africa, and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Project VOICE has been responsible for bringing spoken word poetry into hundreds of classrooms all across the United States and in several countries abroad. Their time-tested teaching techniques creatively approach spoken word poetry as a tool for literacy, empowerment, engagement, and education that can be used in classrooms across content areas and from kindergarten through university-level courses. They have found ways of covering Common Core Standards in innovative and engaging ways that tap into the educational potential of spoken word poetry.

If your faculty is interested in learning how this art form can be incorporated into your classrooms and community, now you can have the opportunity to learn straight from an expert

Professional Development Workshop

Duration: 90 minutes
Target Audience: Teachers and Faculty

Project VOICE has been responsible for bringing spoken word poetry into hundreds of classrooms all across the United States and in several countries abroad. Their time-tested teaching techniques creatively approach spoken word poetry as a tool for literacy, empowerment, engagement, and education that can be used in classrooms across content areas and from kindergarten through university-level courses. They have found ways of covering Common Core Standards in innovative and engaging ways that tap into the educational potential of spoken word poetry.  If your faculty is interested in learning how this art form can be incorporated into your classrooms and community, now you can have the opportunity to learn straight from an expert.

Sarah Kay has led professional development workshops with hundreds of educators at schools and universities around the world.  She has also been specially invited to lead professional development workshops at large-scale events such as the International Baccalaureate Organization Regional Conference of the Americas, the Annual Conference of the European Council of International Schools, and soon the African International Schools Association (in October 2013).

Leadership, Creativity, Communication

In this compelling workshop, Sarah Kay focuses on boldness, leadership, creativity, empathy, and communication, leading participants through a series of exercises and experiences that cover: how to draw out our most exciting and accessible stories; how to generate ideas for storytelling; how to make bold choices and use creative tactics in the crafting of narratives; and how to present and perform for different audiences (not specifically limited to poetry).