In what is sure to be a memorable day at Deer Park High School, world-renowned spoken-word poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye will visit Deer Park High School on Wednesday, March 20th. In addition to delivering TED talks and performing for audiences young and old all over the world, these two artists and performers co-direct Project V.O.I.C.E. which aims to empower people through the art form of spoken word poetry.

Sarah Kay is best known for her 2011 TED talk, “If I Should Have A Daughter” which has been seen over ten million times online. Sarah holds a master’s degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. She has been invited to share her work on stages and in classrooms around the world. Sarah, originally from New York, is the author of four books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage, “B“, The Type, and most recently, All Our Wild Wonder.

Phil Kaye, a California native, is a Japanese-American poet and filmmaker who has taught and performed for thousands of students in nineteen countries. His work has been featured in settings ranging from NPR to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. Phil was invited to perform alongside The Dalai Lama for the occasion of his 80th birthday. He is a former teacher of weekly workshops in maximum security prisons and head coordinator of SPACE, a prison arts program. Phil is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and his book, Date & Time, was published in 2018.

After their stage performance, Sarah and Phil will spend the rest of the day at Deer Park High School delivering two small-group workshops for students. These more intimate and interactive sessions will help students find their voice, exploring questions like, “What story do I want to tell? What words will best help me tell it? How can I engage with my audience? What performance techniques will help me express myself?” Sarah and Phil will tackle these questions through the art form of spoken-word poetry by focusing on the process of idea generation, narrative development, and performance strategies.  Students will learn how spoken-word poetry can provide them with amazing and powerful storytelling tools! Students in Deer Park are fortunate to get the chance to hear from and interact with these two special people.

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