(Sarah Kay is)
December 21-29, 2014
Working on Teacher Training & Curriculum Development with the Word Warriors in Kathmandu, Nepal!
Earlier this year, Sarah’s poet friends The Word Warriors applied for and received a grant to create a two-year project called “Write to Speak” which will allow them to introduce spoken word poetry programming to six different regions in rural Nepal. In each area, they lay the groundwork to establish a youth-led artistic collective within the community. The project’s primary purpose is to work with marginalized groups who are traditionally suppressed including members of the LGBTQ community, people with physical disabilities, survivors of abuse, and people recovering from drug addiction. The project provides a medium and space for people, especially women, to speak out and be heard. This week, Sarah returned to Kathmandu to help the Word Warriors plan and facilitate their new project. They worked nonstop for nine days on teacher training and curriculum development and Sarah got to witness these young poets actively changing their world around them because they have fallen in love with an art form and believe in its potential and power. These young poets are fighting a lot of odds and a lot of demons, but it is poetry that is fueling the fire. Something that seems as simple as laying words side by side is helping someone else find what they are looking for. It is helping someone fall in love. It is helping someone heal. It is helping someone dream big enough to make changes in their community. What an honor to work alongside them and see how much they can do!
December 15-18, 2014
Performing and teaching at Hamlin School for Girls in San Francisco, SF!
Phil and Sarah have a long-standing love for Hamlin. It’s always a treat visiting old friends and making new ones. This week they worked with both the upper and lower schools, performing and teaching workshops across all the grade levels! The duo are grateful, as always, to Head of School Wanda Holland-Greene for her help in making this all possible.
December 13, 2014
A Finalist For Goodreads “Best Poetry Book of 2014” User’s Choice Awards!
Wow! Sarah’s first poetry collection, No Matter the Wreckage was nominated alongside books by Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, Patricia Lockwood and more! Sarah received almost 6,000 votes and came in sixth overall. It means the world to her to have such thoughtful folks who voted for her, and who are along for this wild ride.
December 13, 2014
Performing with Phil Kaye at the Children’s Creativity Theater in San Francisco, CA!
Every year Phil and Sarah do a big open to the public show in San Francisco, and every year it’s a blast! So much love to all the people who came out to support: longtime friends and fans, and new folks too!
December 11, 2014
Presenting at the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Boston, MA!
Sarah was honored to be presenting a keynote address for the 129th annual NEASC Meeting and Conference.
December 9, 2014
Performing and teaching at Nixon Elementary School in Stanford, CA!
Phil and Sarah spent the day performing and teaching 4th and 5th graders at Nixon Elementary. Much thanks to the Deeters for helping make it possible!