From Kay's 2008 performance at the Bowery Poetry Club, and more intimate and relaxed presentation of her performance at TED2011. What's your take?
Kay's poem that ended our show, as performed at The Nantucket Project in 2011.
Kay's poem about Noor Ebrahim in South Africa as taken from her performance at the Acumen Fund's *spark! event in New York City
Sarah Kay is a 23-year-old spoken word poet who has become a role model and teacher to teenagers around the world. Millions have viewed her TED talk, where she shared the main stage with figures like Bill Gates and Jamie Oliver. She puts words around what she knows about poetry, stories, and being human and connected in this age.
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