Sarah Kay

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 Master’s 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, The Type, and All Our Wild Wonder. Her newest work, No Matter The Wreckage, is 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!

Following Poetry

Sarah Kay has been writing and performing poetry since she was 14 years old, and since then has performed and taught in over 30 countries around the world. In her life, poetry is a hobby, a profession, a career, a community, a cause, a craft, a connective tissue, a passion. But perhaps what it is most, is a compass. When she follows poetry, she is led to the most amazing people, in the most surprising places, whom she would never have been able to find without poetry. Sarah Kay shares her experiences of how poetry has shaped her life, and how she uses the art form to motivate and mentor others. Part performance and part speech, Sarah will remind us of the beauty in, and importance of cultivating curiosity, creativity, and care for others.

What We Build // Our Words As Women

Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. In this session, Sarah speaks about her journey as a writer, teacher, and performer, and the ways being a woman has affected her path and her poetry. She will reveal how spoken word poetry can serve as a medium for creative collaboration, empathy, confidence, vulnerability, and respect for our own voices and the voices of others. Using a combination of speech and performance, Sarah will show us why this art form is her chosen joy, and how it opens doors and allows us to build. This talk is perfect for women’s leadership groups and women 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 an experienced and celebrated educator with a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching 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), the American Montessori Society, among many others. Listen as Sarah uses her own poetry, as well as some of her personal classroom experiences to show how this art form is a revolutionary education tool for teachers across content areas and levels.

Professional Development Workshops for Educators

As a celebrated educator and founder of Project VOICE, Sarah Kay has led professional development workshops with hundreds of educators at schools and universities around the world, as well as at large-scale education conferences and events such as all three of the International Baccalaureate Organization Regional Conferences, the European Council of International Schools, the Association of International Schools in Africa, the National Association of Independent Schools in the U.S., the American Montessori Society, among many others.

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 empowerment, engagement, literacy, and creative expression 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 make use of 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. (No previous poetry experience required!)

Creativity & Communication Masterclass / Development For Corporate Spaces

In addition to her work as a poet, Sarah Kay is an experienced and celebrated storyteller in multiple forms (film, tv, product/merchandising, etc). In this compelling workshop, Sarah focuses on creativity and communication, with an emphasis on creative risk-taking and practical skill-development. Through a series of exercises and experiences, Sarah helps participants learn how to draw out their most exciting and accessible stories; how to harness the skills of an effective and powerful storyteller; how to make bold choices to craft compelling narratives; and how to captivate different kinds of audiences. Join this expert communicator as she helps your team become the most authentic and effective communicators and creatives they can be. (No previous poetry experience required!)