April 1, 2015 by Speakers' Spotlight

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Three Acclaimed TED Talk Spoken Word Artists

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, we’re recognizing three spoken word artists who have taken TED stages by storm by sharing their powerful stories-in-verse. With millions of viewers of their Talks between them, Sarah Kay, Marshall Jones, and Clint Smith show people how to put their voice to useand be heard.

Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. Her famous TED talk, If I Should Have A Daughter, inspired two standing ovations and has been seen by over seven million people online. A gifted artist, a breathtaking performer, and the founder of the non-profit educational organization, Project VOICE, Sarah empowers audiences of any age and background to embrace words, out loud.


Clint Smith believes we all share a story—the human story. His TED Talk, The Danger of Silence, has been viewed more than two million times, and was named one of the Top 20 TED Talks of 2014. Using his experience as an award-winning teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education, his customizable art-form illuminates how we can all find the courage to create change, overcome challenges, and unite.


Marshall Jones is a celebrated spoken word artist whose work is exploding around the world. His unique gift runs deep into the human experience, exploring universal themes that run the gamut from identity and culture to connection and technology. Marshall, who has performed for TED audiences in Montreal, Hollywood, and at the Scott Air Force Base, showcases his incredible work for audiences, collaborates with clients on extraordinary customized material, and speaks with passion about the creative process–something he understands like no one else.

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