Things People Say About Project V.O.I.C.E.

Articles and Interviews

Sarah's TEDtalk featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. November 22, 2011.

Check out Sarah's Interview with Aol Video at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival.  June 22, 2011.

Check out Sarah's article on Spoken Word Poetry, as featured on the homepage! May 1, 2011.

The Huffington Post writes, "Reminding us of the role of the arts in this society, Kay's talk provides us with a fresh and positive perspective that seems crucial in light of recent catastrophic events." April 11, 2011.

In "TED 2011 Round Up: The most inspiring ideas from the festival", one of the Post's managing editors, Raju Narisetti, notes, "Sarah Kay... was a clear superstar and

     mesmerizing." Mar. 10, 2011.

In his article, "10 Takeaways from TED 2011," Nathaniel Whittemore writes, "You don't have to be old to be wise.  One of the wisest talks of the event was by the youngest speaker, 22-year-old slam poet Sarah Kay, who showed how the doors of self-expression are available to everyone." Mar. 9, 2011.

In his "Curated List of Recommended TED Talks from TED 2011," Jack Myers awards Sarah Kay the "Best Overall TED TALK 2011." Mar. 7, 2011.

In his review of the TED 2011 Conference, Steven Levy says, "A performance poet named Sarah Kay blew down the house with her passionate wordplay." Mar. 4, 2011.

"Projecting Their V.O.I.C.E.: Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye Spread the Word" by Kara Kaufman for Post-Magazine.  April, 2010.

"Oh, Kay!" by Veda Aggarwal for the Pune Mirror. July, 2010.

"Spoken Word Artist Sarah Kay Coming to Rowan" by Rachel Bellamy for The Whit Online. November, 2009.

"Spoken-word poets perform on campus and HBO" by Susana Aho for the Brown Daily Herald.  April, 2007.

Teachers & Administrators

"Project V.O.I.C.E. featuring Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay is the best thing that has happened, school-wide, on our campus this year.  The result of their work was nothing short of eternal gratitude from both students and staff.  The poetry that they write is contemporary and poignant: they infuse laughter and sorrow with an astute social-political awareness.  Their ability to connect with the students of our high school is nearly un-paralleled.  Sarah and Phil bring a unique quality of youth coupled with experience beyond their years.  They are able to develop a rapport with students in a few minutes, and have the experience to work with a diverse range of students.  Discovering Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye of Project V.O.I.C.E. has been an absolute treasure.  We have had nothing but positive feedback from our students and staff and look forward to bringing them back in the future.  Our students and staff will be changed because of Sarah and Phil; I wish we could keep them."

-Ruben Zamora, Teacher at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA

"From the moment the lights dimmed and Sarah and Phil took the stage, the silence and riveted attention paid by our students was palpable.  Performing four assemblies in two days packed with a total of 2,000 students from ninth through twelfth grade, Sarah and Phil gave us a grand introduction to the world of Spoken Word and their beloved Project V.O.I.C.E.  I was awe struck by how well they were received by students, impressed with their professionalism as performers, and completely caught up in their tremendous capacity for compassionate, articulate and emotionally evocative writing. Afterwards students literally thanked their teachers for bringing them to the assemblies.  One teacher wrote: 'I had heard such enthusiastic comments from some of my best students that I made my French 3 Honors class go spontaneously in spite of all the time pressures. We were all greatly inspired.'  One administrator (previously our drama teacher) commented:  'Kudos!! That assembly was the most inspirational assembly we've had in my history with Palisades Charter High School.' We look forward to welcoming Sarah and Phil and Project V.O.I.C.E. back to our high school on a regular basis.  There is no greater gift to your school than a performance and workshop from Project V.O.I.C.E.!"

-Bella McGowan, School Psychologist

Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, CA

"I absolutely adore Sarah and Phil, and my students love them even more.  Our two-year collaboration with Sarah has included performances, in-class workshops, and a weekly after-school Spoken Word club.  The resulting writing, community, and performances are inspiring— especially in an urban environment.  Our students are confident and comfortable performing their poetry in the middle of crowded city streets and in packed poetry venues, and they are equally confident listening, responding to, and being critical of poetry in general.  I attribute that to intelligence and professionalism that Phil and Sarah model in the classroom paired with the way they so easily relate to and inspire students.  We are incredibly fortunate to have them in our school.  They turn teenagers into poets, and that is a beautiful thing."


-Megan Thoma, Teacher at Hope High School in Providence, RI

"Sarah shines.  Her wide-ranging performance captivated students and faculty— those new to her work and those who know her well.  Her workshops are solid— filled with poetry, insight, and the tools writers need to get going.  Sarah's visit was an amazing achievement of poetic brilliance and stamina... an energetic performance, two workshops, a radio interview, and more.  A day with Sarah Kay reminded me of poetry's power to help us make sense of our lives, to see the world in a new way."


-Deb Martin, PhD, Associate Professor of Writing Arts and Writing Center Director for Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ


"I am very happy that you could come in for us, because your poetry was very inspiring.  It excited me when you said we could do what you do and how you do it!  I hope that someday I can produce and perform something close to what you did.  Thank you for coming and taking the time to show us the significant power of Spoken Word."

- Jason G., Student at Fremont Union High School

District Community School in Sunnyvale, CA

Photo credit: Erik Maser
Photo credit: Erik Maser


"Thank you for coming to our class and taking time to talk to us.  You enlightened us with your words and your life experiences.  The words that you spoke were so deep!"


- Freddie R., Student at Fremont Union High School District Community School in Sunnyvale, CA

"Working with Sarah has been an amazing experience.  She will never give up on you, even when you have given up on yourself.  She is a fantastic teacher.  Phil is awesome too.  He is extremely talented.  It was really cool to see their different styles of poetry."

- Charlotte A., ninth grade student at Hope Arts High School in

Providence, RI

"I like the fact you can take the most simple idea and you can expand it, and make something powerful out of it.  You are free-spirited people and it shows in your work."

- Francisco M., Student at Fremont Union High School

District Community School in Sunnyvale, CA

"The whole experience was amazing... they just sprayed us with creativity, and now we stink— in a good way.  Time passed by way too fast.  Hopefully we will meet each other again and spread the creative stink together."

- Anne W., ninth grade student at Hope Arts High School in Providence, RI




Things People Say About Phil and Sarah

Photo credit: Erik Maser
Photo credit: Erik Maser

"When Sarah Kay began hanging around the Bowery Poetry Club as a teenager, she developed the reputation of being a great "youth poet," which was ridiculous.  She was a great poet.  Period.  We should have known from the way she kicked our butts in the poetry slam that she is nothing less than a star.  Not as in "superstar" or "movie star," but as in "something from out of this world that gives off light, that you can use to navigate by, that you can make a wish upon."

- Taylor Mali, four-time National Poetry Slam Champion

and acclaimed author of What Learning Leaves

"It is refreshing to hear a writer who cares about the things happening in the world around him.  Phil Kaye not only does this, but respects that empathy by giving it the voice it deserves—taking the time to craft every single word before he speaks it."

- Anis Mojgani, two-time Individual National Poetry Slam Champion and 2007 World Cup Poetry Slam Champion

"Spoken word artist Sarah Kay lights a spark with each poem she shares, and you, her audience, will find that you catch on fire as you listen, if you let yourself. She has shared her spark with teenagers across the country, helping them find their voices, and

    I have no doubt that the power of her words has helped save          lives."

-Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Knowledge and Communications, Acumen Fund

"Happy I could be in the presence of Sarah Kay. Everyone I spoke to agreed the biggest “spark” of the night was when Sarah took the stage. The 21-year old poet lit up the room with her self-confidence and poise (she’s got more of both than most of us will ever have)...Sarah insists that “telling stories is a human instinct” and wants other teenagers to feel the empowerment she felt when she started telling stories on stage. She’s founded Project

   V.O.I.C.E. to give them that chance."

-Dan Blumberg, WNYC News Anchor and Managing Editor of

"This is Sarah Kay— mind like a steel trap, if inside that steel trap lived a giant, fuzzy bunny rabbit that handed out presents to orphaned children on Christmas.  She knows what makes the clock tick, people!  Killin' 'em with love.  That's how Sarah Kay rolls."

-Allison Kilkenny, host of Citizen Radio and online journalist