“There’s a Poem for That” Animated Poetry Webseries
Sarah Kay was a producer on the animated poetry web series “There’s a Poem for That” from TED-Ed, which brings together an incredible roster of poets and world-class animators to give us new interpretations of poems that tackle some of life’s biggest feelings.
“Poetry Rx” for The Paris Review Online
Sarah Kay is one of three authors of a weekly poetry/advice column at The Paris Review called “PoetryRx.” Each week, readers write in with a specific emotion and the resident poets (Sarah Kay, Kaveh Akbar, and Claire Schwartz) take turns prescribing poems for their predicament.
Blindspotting (2018 Movie)
Sarah had the joy and honor of getting to be a tiny role in the film Blindspotting (as “Angela” the gentrifying real estate agent), alongside Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs!
Uniqlo SPRZ Poetry Beyond the Page
Sarah had the honor of collaborating with the Japanese clothing company Uniqlo to design 8 t-shirts that use original lines from her poetry and her poetry with Phil Kaye, featured and sold around the world.
13 Reasons Why
Netflix’s show “13 Reasons Why” based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher features original poetry by Sarah Kay in Season 1 Episode 8.
The #BARS Workshop is a lab series created by Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs that investigates the intersection between contemporary verse and Theater. Sarah Kay is one of a few visiting mentors who leads a master class on storytelling as part of the curriculum, and has participated in the culminating projects: digital medleys of short verse vignettes written and performed by the workshop cohort, tied together by a common theme, all scored live and shot in one take in front of a live audience. See the first #Bars Medley here and the second #Bars Medley here. Find out more about the class here.
Brief But Spectacular
If you had two minutes to give the world your take, what would you say? Each week, PBS NewsHour’s new series “Brief but Spectacular” features some of the brightest minds of today, offering passionate takes on topics they know well. The first installment features poet Sarah Kay’s take on gratitude.
The Process of Becoming
On November 14, 2015, Planet.org launched a campaign for “Earth” on Facebook, in an effort to raise awareness on the issue of Climate Change. As part of an effort to inspire Facebook’s global audience of 1.5 billion people, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye teamed up with the Future of Storytelling and Voyager to present a film of Sarah’s poem “The Process of Becoming.”
You never know where poetry will take you! This page is for celebrating some of the exciting projects folks have created in response to or in tandem with Sarah Kay’s poetry. Videos, songs, paintings, tattoos… the sky’s the limit! If you have something you’d like to add to the collection, click contact to send Sarah an email about it. To see the current collection, click the photo to the left or click here.
Poetry Workshop Commercial
Sarah Kay taught 9th grade English (“Introduction to Literature”) and 12th grade English (“AP Literature”) at Classical High School in Providence, RI as part of her Masters in the Art of Teaching degree from Brown University. To launch their new tablet, Samsung offered to let Sarah’s students play around with the device during a poetry workshop, in exchange for letting Samsung film the session. The students had a great time and got to spend a day feeling like movie stars without leaving their own classroom! February, 2012. Click on the photo to watch the video!
Veterans Day 2011: Faces of Service
Sarah Kay did the voice over for a Veterans Tribute Video, created by Boeing. November, 2011. Click on the photo to watch the video!
Square One is a one-woman show about Charlotte Kramer, who is trying to check things off her list. Graduate college? Check. Move back to New York City? Check. Get job? Sort of check. Figure out how to be extraordinary? She’s still working on it. In homage to the work of writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Square One is a quiet story set in New York City. It is part love letter, part crossword puzzle. But mainly, it’s about learning how to start. The show was written and first performed by Sarah Kay at Brown University’s SoloFest 2010 in Strasberg Studio in Providence, RI under the direction of Dennis Kozee. The Off-Broadway premiere was directed by Chris Tyler for the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row in New York City, NY. The show won the “First Sold Out Show” Award of the Festival. November 2010. Check it out.
Write Bloody Publishing
Write Bloody is a small publishing house that publishes and promotes fiction, poetry, and art of contemporary writers and artists in the form of funky, quirky books. Started in 2004 by traveling poet and former paratrooper Derrick Brown, Write Bloody has quickly become one of the most successful independent publishing houses on the market. Sarah Kay helps edit and proofread various Write Bloody manuscripts for authors like Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Taylor Mali, Jeanann Verlee, Anis Mojgani, Jon Sands, C.R. Avery, Ira Goodwin, Laura Yes Yes, and Brian Ellis. For more on Write Bloody, check out their website.
Delhi Commonwealth Women’s Association
The DCWA is a social service organization that strives to improve the lives of the underprivileged in Delhi and the surrounding areas. The DCWA center in Delhi provides emergency hospital care, long-term healthcare, childcare services, and education services to the community. The Gurgaon Chapter of the DCWA provides an ambulance and a mobile hospital unit to provide healthcare to the slum areas of Gurgaon. While working in Gurgaon, Sarah Kay created a short video to help raise awareness and funding for the organization. July 2010. You can see the video here!
Adding Up is a musical about the trials and tribulations of being a fifteen year-old boy. The two-act show follows Brady Ellison as he struggles to navigate family, school, the popular kids, and that annoying new girl in class. Written by Sarah Kay, with a score of twenty original songs by Drew Nobile and Sarah Kay, the show was first performed as a staged reading for Brown Brokers at Leeds Theater in Providence, RI. May 2009.
TERI Lighting a Billion Lives Photography Exhibit
This Gallery Exhibit in List Art Center at Brown University helped raise funds and awareness about the work of the Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign. The exhibit featured some of Sarah Kay’s photography portfolio of her work in Northern India, as well as the photography of some of her teammates. February 2009. To see an online album of Sarah’s photography portfolio, look here.
TERI Lighting a Billion Lives Documentary Video Project
The Lighting a Billion Lives Campaign, envisioned by Nobel Prize Winner Rajendra Pachauri, is committed to bringing solar lanterns to people who are living in locations off the electrical grid. By creating micro-enterprises in villages all over rural India, the campaign helps the local economy, health, and education in areas that lack access to modern and clean sources of lighting. Sarah Kay teamed up with five other students and worked as a photographer, camera-woman, and video-editor, to produce documentary footage and photography about the campaign in four provinces of Northern India. The trip was organized by the Students of the World (SOW) organization, and the resulting videos were featured at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. September 2009. You can see the videos here.