Words with Friends: An Evening with Project VOICE

Jun
13
Mon, 13 June 2016 // 06:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Come spend an evening with the award winning poets of Project VOICE: Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Franny Choi, Robbie Q. Telfer, and Elizabeth Acevedo. For the first time ever, all five current Project VOICE poets will be on the same stage sharing their work.

About Project VOICE:

Project VOICE celebrates and inspires youth self-expression through spoken word poetry. Conceived in 2004, Project VOICE encourages young people to engage with the world around them and use spoken word poetry as an instrument through which they can explore and better understand their culture, their society, and ultimately themselves.

About the poets:

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion and has performed on stages from Madison Square Garden to South Africa’s State Theatre. Her work has been featured in media outlets including PBS, BET, and The Huffington Post. Elizabeth has given several TED talks and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. A 2010 Teach for America Corps member, Elizabeth has served as the head coach for the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and a participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. Her manuscript, Beastgirl, was a finalist for Yes Yes Books’ chapbook poetry prize and will be published in September 2016.

Robbie Q. Telfer has performed and taught in hundreds of schools and venues in six different countries. He was the lead organizer of Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest teen poetry festival, and has been featured in two documentaries for his work with youth poetry (from HBO and Siskel & Jacobs). Robbie was an individual finalist at the National Poetry Slam, and his collection of poetry, Spiking the Sucker Punch, was published in 2009 from Write Bloody Publishing. When not on the road with Project VOICE, Robbie organizes communities to do habitat restoration for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

Sarah Kay is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE. She is perhaps best known for her 2011 TED talk, “If I Should Have A Daughter” which has been seen over nine 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. She has been invited to share her work on stages and in classrooms around the world. Sarah is the author of three books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), B (Hachette, 2015), and The Type (Hachette, 2016).

Phil Kaye is the co-director of Project VOICE and has taught and performed for thousands of students in fifteen countries. His work has been viewed over five million times online and featured in outlets ranging from NPR to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. He recently opened for the celebration of the 80th birthday of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Phil is a former teacher of weekly workshops in maximum security prisons and head coordinator of SPACE, a prison arts program. A Light Bulb Symphony, Phil’s first collection of poetry, was published in 2011.

Franny Choi is a three-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, Pushcart Prize Nominee, and experienced Project VOICE teaching artist. Her work has appeared in publications such as POETRY Magazine and has been featured in The Huffington Post. Franny has performed and taught in schools all across the country, while also working locally to build community around art and social justice. Critically acclaimed for her work, Franny is both a VONA Fellow as well as a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone, published in 2014 by Write Bloody Publishing.