October 8, 2015 by Speakers' Spotlight
Happy National Poetry Day!
Today we’re thrilled to tip our hat to the UK’s National Poetry Day by highlighting three of our incredible spoken word poets — Sarah Kay, Clint Smith, and Marshall Jones. Available to showcase their amazing work in a variety of ways, from presenting their poems to speaking on the creative process (or even, in Marshall’s case, to creating customized poetry), all of them sparkle as they take their words from the page to the stage:
Sarah Kay uses the power of spoken word to inspire creativity and self-empowerment in others. In her now-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 in New York’s iconic Bowery Poetry Club, to becoming a teacher who today connects youth with the power of self-expression through her own 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.
Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet
Clint Smith believes we all share a story, the human story. It’s in the telling, he believes, that we emerge as individuals and celebrate what we have in common. His TED Talk, a presentation of his spoken word poem, 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 ourselves through the power of the collective voice.
Custom Spoken Word Poetry Expert
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 incredible customized material, and speaks with passion about the creative process–something he understands like no one else.