Sarah Kay: An evening of unforgettable spoken word poetry


7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University

Image: S KayWriter, educator, and spoken word poet Sarah Kay shares herunique and highly-engaging voice in a live stage appearance at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets are: $10, $5 for students.

In print, on-line, and in person, the brilliance of Sarah Kay's expressive words and enthusiasm has made her one of today's leading voices in spoken word poetry. Her appearance at the TED 2011 Conference in Long Beach, CA, has received over 3 million video views on TED.com and its TED embed player, to date. Her first book, B, was ranked the top poetry collection on Amazon.com, and she was featured on the homepages of CNN.com and YouTube. She founded and now co-directs with Phil Kaye Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), an international movement that celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through Spoken Word Poetry, and her second book, No Matter the Wreckage, will be available in March of 2014. 

Sarah Kay first performed her poetry at the age of 14. Originally from New York, she became a regular performer at the Bowery Poetry Club, a renowned poetry center in Manhattan. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University, with her MA in the Art of Teaching Secondary English. She is an alum of the United Nations International School and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College. As she also notes on her website, www.kaysarahsera.com, Sarah Kay is a witty banter enthusiast, a postcard lover, a documentary filmmaker, a foodie, a playwright, a singer, a songwriter, a photographer, a Gemini, a mediocre driver at best, a musical theater geek, a smoothie expert, the daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father, a hapa, and less cool than her little brother.

Sarah Kay has appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Nantucket Project, and the United Nations, and was a featured poet on the sixth season of Russell Simmons presents HBO Def Poetry Jam. She has spoken at the 2011 Cannes Lions Creativity Festival in France and the 2012 Bonnier GRID Conference. She has performed in the UK, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, France, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, the British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Sweden, Spain, Nepal, and India, and judged the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards for young filmmakers. She is also an editor for Write Bloody Publishing and has been an education advocate and keynote speaker for education organizations.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 12, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 117