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McArthur Lecture Series Presents: Sarah Kay

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.

Spoken-Word Poet: Sarah Kay
Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Duncan McArthur Hall Auditorium
Registration: Free on Eventbrite
Sarah Kay will be signing books on Student Street after her talk. Her most recent book All Our Wild Wonder will be for sale from 4:00 -5:00 pm on Student Street. Copies of All Our Wild Wonder, and her other publications will be available during her signing.

Sarah Kay Spoken Word Poetry Changing the Classroom
Sarah Kay Spoken-Word PoetSarah Kay signing book for children

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 Amazon.com, 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!