Sarah Kay

Founder, Co-Director

Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. She was a featured poet on HBO’s “Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam” in 2006, and that year she was also the youngest poet to compete in the National Poetry Slam. Since then, Sarah has shared her poetry in venues and classrooms around the world. She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been seen over seven million times online. Sarah holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. Her first book, “B” was ranked #1 Poetry Book on Amazon. Her newest book, “No Matter the Wreckage,” published by Write Bloody Publishing, is also an Amazon Bestseller in American Poetry. Other poems and articles have been published in CURA Magazine, The Writer Magazine, Thrush, Treehouse Magazine, Union Station Magazine, the Huffington Post,, and many more. Sarah is a passionate educator who has lead professional development workshops and been a featured presenter at education conferences such as the IBO, NAIS, ECIS, and AISA. For more about Sarah, see:

“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

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