In The News

the writer

“Project VOICE brings spoken word to young people nationally and internationally with the goal of inspiring creativity, letting students know that their opinions and ideas matter.”


education week

“Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks recited epic poems aloud. Actors have breathed life into Shakespeare’s soliloquies since the 16th century. Now, [Project VOICE] poet-educators are working to bring the rich art of spoken-word poetry to students from kindergarten to graduate school…They believe [this] kind of poetry may be especially well-suited to connecting with young people at an emotional level, making traditional poetry more accessible to students, and sharpening their critical-thinking skills…”


big think

“Move Over, Boys. The Nantucket Project… featured some major financial heavyweights including Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Larry Summers, Former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University and Hedge Fund Manager Eddie Lampert, among others. And yet it was an upcoming poet, who in many ways stole the show.”

american public media

“In… spoken word poetry and singing and teaching, [Project VOICE] is reminding young people today that our words are the most powerful connective tool we have — and not merely our most personal tool. We are called to be creative with our words, and careful without words, in our age that is technological but still as human as before.”



Sarah Kay’s TED talk at the 2011 TED Conference


poetry foundation

Franny Choi featured in Poetry Magazine


“It’s really remarkable that spoken word, which is just a new(er) incarnation of a very old art form of oral tradition, is being ‘rediscovered’ in an age when technology is connecting everyone.”


abc news

Sarah Kay’s TED talk featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer


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aol video

Featured on AOL Video, interviewed by David Shing


timeout singapore

Project VOICE co-directors Interviewed for TimeOut Singapore.



“Project VOICE has been conducting workshops on spoken word poetry all over the world from the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, to India.”


“You don’t have to be old to be wise… Sarah Kay showed how the doors of self-expression are available to everyone.”

the providence phoenix

“Especially [for] students who are disconnected from language, historically – students of color; students who are English language learners, who are immigrants, who have learning disabilities — poetry can be seen as something that’s super difficult and irrelevant and boring… Through the spoken word world particularly, there is a lot of poetry that is accessible and yet doing really strong work, craft-wise; that’s really immediately exciting and emotional for a young person to hear, personal stories that are relevant to their lives. When you bring that kind of work into a classroom, suddenly poetry becomes something that is meaningful and useful and moves a student.”


post online

“[Project VOICE] has continued to craft lesson plans and curricula in an effort to weave spoken word into preexisting courses, all while honing… skills at teaching this nontraditional art form. One of Sarah’s personal goals is not only to teach students, but also to educate teachers on how to incorporate spoken word into their curricula. Sarah sees spoken word not only as an art form, but also as a tool to get students motivated about communication, thoughtfulness, and self-expression.”


the washington post

“Sarah Kay, a performance poet, was the youngest presenter at the event, but was a clear superstar and mesmerizing”


“Which were the consensus favorites? A performance poet named Sarah Kay blew down the house with her passionate wordplay”

business insider

Sarah Kay named “Best Overall TED Talk 2011″


“And like a storm sweeping through paradise, Franny Choi came into the world and we are damn lucky to be a part of it. Franny is one of the most versatile and powerful performers you will ever meet. I dare you to look at her work and not become mesmerized by the passion and veracity she brings to her performances. Folks, get into Franny Choi, the best kind of lightning on earth.”


huffington post

“Reminding us of the role of the arts in this society… provides us with a fresh and positive perspective that seems crucial in light of recent catastrophic events.”

kathmandu post

“Standing in the doorway, nestled warm by the press of strange bodies and illuminated by a number of iphones and ipads busy recording the performance, I forgot to take pictures, forgot the people around me, forgot the bitter cold outside. Walking away, there was something intangible in the air, as if struck with something too incomprehensible to behold. Maybe this is what poetry does.”