Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City. She has been invited to share her work on such diverse stages as the 2011 TED Conference in Long Beach, California; the Malthouse Theater in Melbourne, Australia; The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among hundreds of other venues. She is the author of B (Hachette, 2015) and No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), both consistently top-ranked bestselling poetry books. Sarah holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. She is a proud Hedgebrook Alumna and Kundiman Fellow. Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that brings spoken word poetry to schools and communities around the world.
Sarah's TED Talk
“If I Should Have A Daughter…” is Sarah Kay’s TED Talk from 2011, which garnered two standing ovations. Sarah tells the story of her metamorphosis—from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project VOICE—and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and “Hiroshima."
Education Week did a spotlight feature on Project VOICE’s work in schools in their article “Spoken-Word Poets Bring Words to Life for Students.” “Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks recited epic poems aloud,” writes Alyssa Morones, “Now, a pair of poet-educators are working to bring the rich art of spoken-word poetry to students from kindergarten to graduate school.”
B is Sarah Kay’s single-poem volume, available from Hachette Books. The poem is a whimsical love letter, a shared promise, a thank you note, and a whispered secret to mothers and daughters everywhere. The perfect gift, B celebrates the bond that exists between a parent and a child. Short, touching, and lovingly illustrated, it is a family tradition waiting to begin. You can order B here.
“Sarah Kay’s Way with Words” is an in-depth conversation between Sarah Kay and Krista Tippett for Krista’s award winning radio program “On Being.” Krista asks Sarah about listening and writing, and Sarah shares how she works with words to make connections — inside people and between them.
"Brief but Spectacular” is PBS News Hour's series which features “some of the brightest minds of today offering passionate takes on topics they know well.” The first installment features Sarah Kay’s take on gratitude, along with her poem “The Paradox.”
Project VOICE uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire. Through award-winning performances and innovative workshops,
Project VOICE is dedicated to promoting empowerment, improving literacy, and encouraging empathy and creative collaboration in classrooms and communities around the world. Project VOICE has a lasting impact; students come away from a Project VOICE visit with a higher motivation to create, a belief in their own voice, and a desire to share and listen to each other’s stories.
“No Matter the Wreckage” is Sarah Kay’s debut collection of poetry, in which she navigates a decade’s worth of writing to present a book that combines new poems and beloved favorites. “In this collection she will give you moments so intimate and beautifully rendered you will come to know them as your own,” writes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights.
“What We Build” is Sarah Kay’s Commencement Speech for the 2015 graduating class of Scripps College. Sarah shares her poems “The Paradox” and “The Type,” addresses her work in Nepal and offers words of wisdom for the new graduates.