News Archive: March 2011-February 2012
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February 19, 2012. Portland, OR.
Sarah performs and teaches at the Portland Poetry Slam
What a thrilling night. I had a great workshop early in the night, followed by a high-pace open mic, my feature, and then a wild head-to-head slam— the first I've ever witnessed. The Portland Poetry Slam family is wildly supportive and warm, and the audience was energetic and delightful. --S
February 16, 2012. Portland, OR.
Sarah performs at Reed College
I absolutely love Reedies. Everyone I met was kind, engaging, enthusiastic, and delightful. It was easily one of the best college performances I've ever had. Also, I can't believe how good their cafeteria food is. AND I got a narwhal finger puppet out of the night. Bonus! --S
February 9, 2012. Maryville, TN.
Sarah performs at Maryville College
My first time in Tennessee! And it definitely did not disappoint. It was great to perform with Rudy Francisco, and to meet the very sweet Maryville College students who helped put the event together. Plus, I even got shrimp and grits. What more does a girl need? --S
January 31, 2012. Washington, DC.
Phil headlines The Beltway Poetry Slam!
After the show in New York I hopped right back on the road for a show in our nation's capital. I had heard so many great things about The Beltway Poetry Slam, it was an honor to finally make it out there as a headliner. It was a great night - the space was beautiful, the house was packed, and everyone on the mic brought their A-game. A big thanks to Sarah Lawson for making it happen!--P
January 30, 2012. New York City, NY.
Phil headlines LouderARTS!
Being back in New York was a big change after three weeks on the road in California, but this was a great way to get back in the saddle. LouderARTS is a wonderful venue just off Union Square in Manhattan, and getting reacquainted with New York City from the bright lights of their stage was a special treat. A huge thanks to all the people that came out! --P
January 23, 2012. Mission Viejo, CA.
Phil and Sarah at Saddleback College!
It was so much fun to be back at Saddleback. We performed here last year and it was so nice to see some familiar smiles as well as some fresh faces. Thanks to Erin, Audra, and everyone who made this a possibility!
A special giggling thanks to the artist who did these life-sized cartoons of the two of us. A spitting image! --P
January 22, 2012. Santa Barbara, CA.
Phil and Sarah at UC Santa Barbara!
When we were asked to headline and host UCSB's first ever poetry slam, we were very flattered. But we weren't quite ready for the hundreds of students that would show up or the outrageously talented group of poets that would compete in the slam. A huge shoutout to the three boys in this photo that drove ten hours round trip to come see us! --P
January 20, 2012. Los Angeles, CA.
Project V.O.I.C.E. at Viewpoint School!
We walked in to the beautiful theater at Viewpoint School and knew right away that this was going to be a special show. Thanks to the amazing student body and staff that made this all possible, especially Jan DeSal for all her hard work. We loved meeting this new crew of students, and we hope to see you again in the future! --P
January 18, 2012. Irvine, CA.
Project V.O.I.C.E. at Irvine High School.
Two performances, seven workshops. Hundreds of friends, family, fans, and inspiring students. We owe a ton of thanks to Monica Colunga and Linda Lang for all of their hard work and help in putting together two amazing days of poetry. We are exhausted, but it was worth it. Irvine students are bright, curious, and enthusiastic. It was a joy to meet them. --S
January 17, 2012. Los Angeles, CA.
Phil and Sarah at Da Poetry Lounge!
After 13 years of operation, this club is still absolutely packed every single Tuesday night. It is a testimony to poetry, and a testimony to the awesome people who run the show. Much love to Shihan for his ever-impressive warmth and welcome, and congrats to all the slammers and open mic'ers we saw perform. It was an honor to share that stage with you! --S
January 17, 2012.
Project V.O.I.C.E. performs and teaches a workshop at Cate School!
Being a California kid, I had always heard great things about Cate School when I was growing up, but this was quite the first introduction. Meeting an entire student body for the first time from a big stage is an extreme way to do it, but they made us feel right at home. A big shout out to all the students that came up and shared their work and also those who came after the show to catch up with us! --P
January 15-16, 2012. San Luis Obispo, CA.
Phil and Sarah perform at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts and teach workshops at La Perla Del Mar!
Sarah and I had never been to Shell Beach before, and we were swept off of our feet. As if the sea lions and ridiculous sunsets weren't enough, we were spoiled with incredible writers in our workshops and a show in the beautiful 600-seat Clark Center for the Performing Arts. A big extra thank you to Shelley Malcom for putting in all the hard work to make it happen! --P
January 11, 2012. Napa, CA.
Phil and Sarah at Blue Oak School!
What an awesome stop on our tour. We made our way to beautiful vineyard country and worked with every single student at the Blue Oak School, including our first ever group of kindergarteners. At night, we did a performance for the greater Napa community hosted by Blue Oak. Thanks to everyone who came out - you made it hard to leave! --P
January 9, 2012.
San Francisco, CA.
Project V.O.I.C.E. at Town School for Boys!
After being at the all-girl's school on Friday, we were super curious about what it was going to be like to perform at an all-boy's school! It turned out to be awesome. The boys at Town School are bright, fun, and enthusiastic. It was delightful running workshops with the seventh grade as well. --S
January 6, 2012. San Francisco, CA.
Phil and Sarah at Café Royale!
We couldn't believe how many people showed up for this show! So many, the venue couldn't even let all of them in! So much love and gratitude for everyone that showed up to support us. It was a wonderful show, and we only wish we could have had every single person get in! --S
January 6, 2012. San Francisco, CA.
Project V.O.I.C.E. at the Hamlin School!
This was our first time visiting the Hamlin School, but we were blown away by the building, the faculty, and most of all the students. The amazing headmaster, Wanda Holland Greene, made us feel so incredibly welcome, and the young ladies of Hamlin school were one of the best audiences we've ever had. --S
January 5, 2012. Sunnyvale, CA.
Project V.O.I.C.E. at Fremont High School!
We love Fremont HS. Always have. This is our fourth year here and it's still just as wonderful as it was the first time we came. Thank you for the warm welcome, Firebirds. It feels like coming home. --S
December 28, 2011. New York, NY.
Sarah hosts a benefit show for the Bowery Poetry Club!
What a magical night. Before the show even started, people were lined up down the block! Then, as soon as we opened the door, the Bowery was packed to the brim with people sitting on stage, sitting in the aisle, standing in the back. The stage was full of close friends and great talent: Taylor Mali, Andy Suzuki & the Method, Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie, Jeanann Verlee, and Arthur Lewis. We even had 479 people watching the live stream online! The whole evening was a triumphant night for poetry, community, and the Bowery Poetry Club. Thank you to everyone who made it such a remarkable evening. It felt so good to be home. --S
November 29, 2011. Amazon.com
Sarah's first book, "B" is now available on Amazon!
My very first book collaboration with my life-long friend Sophia Janowitz is now available on Amazon, published by The Domino Project. I have been so blessed to work with the folks at Domino and to watch Sophia make magic. I could not be more thankful for this team! I am so proud of what we have made, and I think you will be too! Order a copy, tell a friend, spread the word! --S
November 11, 2011. St. Paul, MN.
Sarah features at Macalester College!
My first time in St. Paul! But hopefully not my last. I could not have asked for a better gig. A warm audience, a full room, the most generous hosts, and two different types of apples with my chamomile tea. Macalester sure knows how to treat a lady. Much thanks to Karla, Jocelyne, and Gabi for your hard work and help, and thank you to everyone who came out and said hello! --S
November 10, 2011. Manchester, NH.
Phil features at Slam Free or Die!
I have been incredibly lucky to be part of so many poetry communities throughout the years. "WORD!", Brown University's spoken word group, is definitely one of the dearest to my heart. So when I had the chance to do a show together with Laura Brown-Lavoie, one of my first counterparts at WORD!, I jumped at the chance. It was a wonderful show that has been six years in the making. Lots of thank you's to all the people that came out to see us from all over the Northeast - you made us blush! And of course, a big bear hug to Laura, thanks for being so wonderful all these years. --P
November 8, 2011. Hanover, NH.
Phil performs at Dartmouth!
What a fun show! Thanks so much to the Dartmouth crowd, who absolutely packed the house. The energy was high and the audience attentive, it was an absolute pleasure to be on stage. I was lucky enough to have the awesomely talented Aimee Le open for me (look her up if you don't know her!) and got to spend some time on one of the more beautiful campuses in the country. A huge thanks to Patricia for organizing the event! --P
November 5, 2011. Middlebury, VT.
Phil speaks at TEDx Middlebury!
It was quite the honor to be part of TEDx Middlebury. The campus was beautiful, the audience was engaged, and most of all - the group of speakers was amazing. I was humbled to be among Peggy McIntosh (one of my writing and theory heroes) as well as Lt. Dan Choi, a moving and powerful advocate for equality in the military. An especially big thank you to Annie, Hudson, Olivia and Janet for making it all possible. --P
September 17th, 2011. Waterville, ME.
Phil and Sarah perform at Colby College!
What a fun show! Instead of performing in the theater, the Colby Event Planning Board decided to have us take over the student center -- a big experiment in wonderment. Aside from the already-sizable crowd (thanks Colby!), we had a bunch of people that were walking through stick around and watch. A big hello and hug to all the great students we met, both at the performance and workshop - looking forward to seeing you all again soon! --P
August 13, 2011. Boston, MA.
Phil is ranked 3rd in the country and a Finalist at the National Poetry Slam!
What an honor. It's been a wonderful year so far, and this made it even better. I have incredibly humbled to be a performer on the Providence National Poetry Team, as well as the team's head coach. This year at the National Poetry Slam the team was a finalist and ranked third in the nation out of 76 teams. I couldn't be more proud. A huge hug and congratulations to my teammates: Franny Choi, Meg Thoma, Jamila Woods, Fatimah Asghar and Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie. Thanks to everyone else for all your love and support, looking forward to seeing you all on the road! --P
August 6, 2011. New York, NY.
Phil performs at Lincoln Center!
I felt like I was in a dream. Doing Lincoln Center was a big moment for me, a huge high five from the universe that we were on the right track. I was honored to be performing in the same stage that so many great artists have graced over the decades - not to mention, the crowd was wonderful, the stage set up was beautiful (check out the photo!), and the vibe was awesome. Thanks to everyone who came out! --P
August 5, 2011. The Interwebs.
Phil and Sarah on indieFeed!
Wow, our cup runneth over! Many many thanks to the wonderful indieFeed podcast for featuring both of us individually and then together! Listen to Phil's poem, "Suburbia" followed by Sarah's poem, "Peacocks" and THEN, for an added bonus, check out Phil and Sarah performing together, their poem, "Origin Story". (Especially all you non-believers who still refuse to accept that we're never going to date. Ever.) --S
August 7, 2011. Literary-Land.
Sarah is published in the Literary Bohemian and Pear Noir!
Even though I usually keep my words in the air and not on the page, sometimes I am seduced by awesome literary publications like the Literary Bohemian and Pear Noir! I'm honored and excited to be published in the most recent issues of both publications. You can see the Literary Bohemian online, but Pear Noir! you have to order, because it only comes in hard copy. Old school! --S
July 12, 2011. New York, NY.
Phil performs at the Bowery Poetry Club
It's always an absolute pleasure to be back at the Bowery Poetry Club. There's a strange focus than comes with performing in a place with so much history - I always feel excited and calm at the same time when I'm performing at the Bowery. Tonight, I happened to be competing with the Providence National Poetry team, and we were humbled to beat New York's team in their own venue and I was very flattered to take home the highest score of the night. Thanks to everyone who came out, and especially to Jeff for filming. Look for new video material up soon! --P
July 10, 2011. Worcester, MA.
Phil performs at the Poet's Asylum
What an incredible group of performers in the same room. Not only was I back alongside the incredibly talented Providence Poetry team, but the likes of Rachel McKibbens and Brian Ellis were also in the room. It was a great visit to the Poet's Asylum - thank you to them for keeping up the tradition of poetry for over 20 years! And a big congratulations to the Boston team for winning the slam - we'll see you at the National Poetry Slam in August! --P
June 21, 2011. Cannes, FR.
Sarah performs at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival
June 8, 2011. Galway, NY.
Project VOICE at Galway Central Schools
It reached nearly 100 degrees today, so we felt lucky to be spending all day inside performing and teaching workshops with the awesome students at Galway Central. We started with a big assembly, and then got to run hands-on workshops with a smaller, more intimate group. There was no shortage of talent - their work was continually touching, unique, and hilarious. Well done Galway, we hope to see you all again! --P
June 7, 2011. New York, NY.
Project VOICE at Stuyvesant High School
The last memory I have of being inside Stuyvesant high school was when I was taking my SAT's. (Which was a pretty long time ago, now.) Nevertheless, the hallways still made me a little nervous at first. Fortunately, the library we performed in was sunny and warm. So were the students who came to see us perform! Thanks to Ms. Moore for facilitating! --S
May 21, 2011. The Interwebs & Radiowaves.
Phil and Sarah on BreakThru Radio's, "Book Talk" with Kory French
Phil and I had a great time hanging out with Kory French at BreakThru Radio, on his show "Book Talk", shooting the sh*t about everything from Bob Dylan to E. E. Cummings. We were also super excited to share the work of two of our favorite musical artists, our dear friends Arthur Lewis and Andy Suzuki. You can listen to the whole show here! --S
May 13-14, 2011. Salem, MA.
Phil and Sarah perform at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
We need more festivals of poetry in the world. A wonderful town, a ton of festival-goers, and over 100 poets is pretty much a guaranteed recipe for success. On Friday, we had the honor of headlining the Student Day of Poetry, and got to perform for, meet, and work with hundreds of Massachusetts high school students. Saturday we had the honor of performing on The Main Stage and running a workshop with participants of all different ages. A huge thank you to the organizers, and a big hug to all of the poets and attendees that we either reconnected with or met for the first time! --P
May 11, 2011. The interwebs, the radiowaves.
Phil is interviewed on NPR.
Sitting in an empty studio and doing a live interview is something that takes a bit of getting used to, but one of these days I'll learn to adjust. On Wednesday when I did an interview for WGBH, New England's NPR station - I sat in a recording studio by myself in New York on air with the Callie Crossley show in Boston. During the 20-minute interview we talked about everything from my first discovery of spoken word to Rebecca Black, quite the tell-all interview. You can hear the entire thing here! --P
May 9, 2011. New York, NY.
Sarah presents at TEDxEast
The theme of this TEDxEast conference was "Tinker, Noodle, Obsess": three things I definitely know a lot about! It was really exciting to meet such a varied group of folks, including Bjarke Ingels, David Binder, Will Ryman, and many others. The event was held in the beautiful Times Center, which I've never explored before, and there were so many little surprises throughout the day.
Many thanks for all the organizers, who worked
so incrediby hard to put this all together, especially Julianne. --S
May 6, 2011. Providence, RI.
Phil and Sarah perform and teach at RISD
Legs dangling from balconies. Bookshelves without books. Chandeliers rarely used. This was all part of our Friday night show at RISD. We performed in the beautiful Old Library, RISD's former book keeping den that is now empty. It added to the whole ambiance of the night, where we unveilved two new poems, performed without microphones to an audience packed to the balconies, and had our first duo show back on our old stomping grounds in a long time. As if we weren't lucky enough, we had a nice intimate workshop after the show with some wonderful RISD students. Thanks to everyone who came out and to Jess Chen for making it all possible! --P
May 5, 2011. Providence, RI.
Phil earns a spot on the 2011 National Poetry Team, representing Providence, RI.
Its been a wonderful road thus far, I'm so excited to be officially representing Providence at this year's National Poetry Slam! The final slam was an incredible night of poetry, and I'm humbled to be part of such an all-star team. A huge congratulations to the other members of the 2011 team: Jamilia Woods, Franny Choi, Laura Brown-Lavoie and Meg Thoma. I've either been on a team with or coached every single member of this year's team, so I can't wait for all the collaboration, growth, and fun that this team will have. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Nationals this August! --P
May 1, 2011. The interwebs.
Sarah is featured on the CNN.com homepage
This is the video interview component of the article I was asked to write for CNN.com about Spoken Word Poetry, that is featured on the CNN.com homepage today. (Fun fact: I did this interview approximately 25 minutes after performing my TED talk. You can tell, because I'm still wearing the dress I was wearing for the talk. I was pretty overwhelmed, needless to say. A little bit giggly too.) --S
April 21, 2011. Newark, NJ
Phil and Sarah perform at Rutgers University
There was something magical about this night. Maybe it was the great host, maybe it was the connected and personal open mic before we went on, or maybe it was the generosity of the organizers, but something made this room feel special. Sarah and I had a blast, mixing it up and even doing some older pieces we almost never perform anymore. Not to mention, after so many shows on the road, it was a nice change to have a show just a short train ride away from New York City! A huge thanks to everyone who made this possible, especially Rene for all his hard work putting the event together! --P
April 19, 2011. Providence, RI
Phil moves on to National Team Finals for Providence
It's always a pleasure to be back up on stage at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. Some of the East Coast's best writers and performers were on the mic, and I was humbled to move on to the finals in May. The house was packed, and every single poet brought exciting, wonderful work. A huge hug to everyone that came out that night, both audience and performers alike. I look forward to seeing you again in May! --P
April 13, 2011. Dedham, MA
Project VOICE at Nobles and Greenough
This was our second visit to Nobles and Greenough, and it was just as wonderful as we remembered it. We performed a few poems at morning assembly for the 7-12 grades, and then we performed some more during club period, hosted by the Asian Cultures Club. Everyone was really responsive and engaged, and it was really great to get to hang around and meet everybody afterwards. Thanks to Ms. Lee for her help! --S
April 9, 2011. Oklahoma City, OK
Sarah performs at Urban Roots as part of their "Visionary Artist Series"
As soon as I walked into Urban Roots, I felt comfortable and welcome. This brand new community center for art and food is warm and bright and full of love. I was so excited to perform for this packed house of Oklahomans! The audience was a mix of people who had seen me host TEDxOKC, people who had been at this morning's workshop, and people who were long standing members of Oklahoma City's Spoken Word community. And I couldn't have asked for a better mix. The wonderful Lauren Zuniga hosted the event and opened for me with a half hour set of her own, which left me breathless and wonder-struck. She is a hurricane in a heart box. So much thanks to Lauren, to the lovely people at Urban Roots, and to everyone who came out to the show! --S
April 9, 2011. Oklahoma City, OK
Sarah teaches at Oklahoma City University
Thanks to some very generous planning and organizing by Ken Stoner, Lauren Zuniga, and Brooke Hessler, I got to teach a workshop this morning at the University on some of the basics of Spoken Word. And it was absolutely lovely. Some representatives from Oklahoma Young Writers came out, and some OCU students, as well as some people from the community. All in all, a lovely way to start the day. --S
April 6-9, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI
Phil coaches the Brown University National Poetry Team, receives award!
It was an absolute honor to coach the 2011 Brown National Poetry Team! After nearly a month and a half of intense rehearsals, the team and I headed out to the University of Michigan for the National Poetry Slam (CUPSI). What followed was one of my favorite weekends of the year - everyone's talent and graciousness was continually inspiring. A big hug to all the wonderful people we met over the weekend, and a huge congratualations to the Brown team for being awarded for "Pushing the Art Forward" for the second year in a row! --P
April 8, 2011. Oklahoma City, OK
Sarah hosts TEDxOKC!
This was my first TEDx event. And my first time in Oklahoma City. And I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised by both! The organizers of TEDxOKC were so excited and passionate about the event, it was contagious. Despite the loose ends that needed tying and the last minute chaos that always ensues around events like this, everything came together. Many thanks to the wonderful speakers, the enthusiastic attendees, and the extremely generous organizers for making the day such a success! --S
April 6, 2011. The Interwebs.
Sarah Kay is celebrating National Poetry Month on the YouTube homepage
In honor of National Poetry Month, YouTube asked me to put together a playlist of videos of some of the Spoken Word Poets who influenced my work while I was growing up at the Bowery Poetry Club! It is a joy and an honor to help spread the word about these incredible poets on the YouTube homepage. Take a look at some of the different faces and voices of Spoken Word! --S
March 15, 2011. Providence, RI
Phil competes for the Providence National Team, takes first place
It was such a pleasure to be back in the city and venue that was my previous home. It's been an honor to represent Providence again (I'm sorry New York!), and fun to get back up on the AS220 stage. I'm always suprised, impressed, and inspired by the work people bring to the venue. A big hug to everyone that came out and supported! --P
March 14, 2011. The Interwebs.
Sarah is featured on indiefeed
I'm so excited to be on indiefeed! It gives me a chance to finally give a big shoutout to two big forces doing some wonderful work to support the Spoken Word community. First things first: indiefeed, run by the wonderful Wess Mongo Jolley, is an incredible podcast and audio archive of Spoken Word Poetry. This month, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is curating a month long show of female poets in honor of National Women's Month. I highly recommend checking out past and future shows for a great variety of artists and styles. (Listen to the indiefeed show featuring my poem "B" Here!)
Secondly, I'd love to give some major props to Jeff Kay and his youtube channel speakeasynyc which just this month had its one millionth hit! Jeff has garnered an impressive collection of videos of some of the best poets performing on the scene right now. Both Phil and I are lucky enough to have videos up on the channel, and we use Jeff's videos every time we teach! (Oh, and he also just so happens to be my Pop!) --S
March 10, 2011. La Mirada, CA.
Sarah performs at Biola University
This was almost an impromptu performance. I was already on my way to TED, when I was contacted by some students at Biola University to ask if I would be a performer at their Poetry Lounge Event. I said I would, and I'm glad I did! Many thanks to all the students who came out to the event, and also to the folks who saw me at TED and made the trek out to the show! --S
March 3, 2011. Long Beach, CA.
Sarah performs at TED2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder
3 Things I Know to be True, TED Edition:
1. I have been a TED fan for as long as I've known about it, and it has been my long-time goal to someday attend a TED conference. But being asked to be a speaker at this year's
conference was an honor I never even dreamed of.
2. To get to perform on a stage that was blessed by geniuses like Bill Gates, Bobby McFerrin, Roger Ebert, Jason Mraz, Salman Kahn, Deb Roy, Shea Hembrey, David Brooks, JR, Julie Taymor, and Morgan Spurlock, (among many many others) was incredibly humbling. I am unbelievably blessed to have been a part of this overwhelming, mind-blowing event.
3. I am continually amazed by this community of people. I have the utmost thanks for the super-human organizers, and the TEDizens who reached out to me. There were moments I felt like the kid who snuck over to the adult table, but so many people went out of their way to make me feel welcome here. Thank you. --S
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