Bits:

March 13, 2014
Sarah Kay’s duet poem “When Love Arrives” with Phil Kaye featured on Upworthy.

January 6, 2014
Sarah Kay’s conversation with Charlotte Graham for Radio New Zealand National.

August 2, 2013
Sarah Kay’s poem “Getting Older” and a conversation about craft with Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz as featured on the podcast “Live from the Amy Clampitt House” for the Indiefeed Poetry Podcast.


May 20, 2013
Sarah Kay’s Commencement Address for Grinnell College’s 2013 Graduation. (Start at 52:40)

October 7, 2012
Sarah Kay’s Keynote Address at the International Baccalaureate Regional Conference for Africa, Europe, and the Middle East on the “Culture of Learning.”

September 7, 2012
Sarah Kay’s Performance at the Bonnier Grid 2012 Conference as featured on the Poets & Writers Magazine Website.

May 17, 2012
Sarah Kay on the Peabody and Webby Award winning radio show, “On Being” with Krista Tippett.

March 21, 2012
Sarah and Phil on “Aural Text” on Melbourne’s Triple R Radio with Alicia Sometimes.

March 21, 2012
Sarah’s Interview on 774 ABC Melbourne’s “Conversation Hour” with Jon Faine, Shane Howard, and Xavier Rudd.


January 14, 2012
Sarah Kay’s Interview at the University of British Columbia for their Student Leadership Conference.


December 4, 2011
Sarah Kay’s TED talk, “How Many Lives Can You Live?” at TEDxEast: Tinker, Noodle, Obsess as featured on the TED website.

August 5, 2011
Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye’s Duet Poem, “Origin Story” as featured on the IndieFeed Poetry Podcast.

August 3, 2011
Sarah’s poem “Peacocks” as featured on the IndieFeed Poetry Podcast.

aolJune 22, 2011
Sarah’s Interview with AOL Video at the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival.

June 8, 2011
Sarah’s Interview for the Lunch Time Leaders Podcast.

btrMay 21, 2011
Sarah and Phil’s Interview on Book Talk with Kory French on BreakThru Radio, NYC.

cnn.opinionMay 1, 2011
Sarah’s Article and Interview on Spoken Word Poetry, as featured on the CNN.com homepage.

youtubeApril 6, 2011
Sarah’s National Poetry Month Playlist as featured on the YouTube homepage.

indiefeedMarch 14, 2011
Sarah’s Poem “B” as featured on the IndieFeed Poetry Podcast for National Women’s Month, curated by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz.

ted
March 3, 2011
Sarah Kay’s TED talk at the 2011 TED Conference in Long Beach, CA.

def.poetry.jam
October 9, 2006
Sarah Kay’s Poem “Hands” as featured on Russell Simmons presents HBO Def Poetry Jam.


& Pieces:

March 25, 2014
“Three years ago, a young spoken word poet named Sarah Kay dazzled the TED Conference, earning two standing ovations. Her performance about writing poetry to entertain and educate has since received over 5 million views on the TED website. Kay believes that communication is about telling stories that people can learn from. She offers five suggestions on how to make writing a part of your work and daily life.”

March 21, 2014
“The poet…reached stardom status, as much as any modern poet can hope to, when she gave a TED Talk in 2011. 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 and, of course, searching for the next generation of spoken word prodigies such as Kay. Her philosophy about being a prodigy? We all have stories and thoughts and ideas worthy of being made into poetry.”

March 20, 2014
“Helping listeners discover more about themselves through spoken-word poetry is what poet Sarah Kay hopes to achieve…Kay performed poems focusing on family, love, and self-discovery, which she mixed with personal stories. Kay expressed a desire to help the students realize that their feelings and ideas should not go unheard.”

January 8, 2014
“WildSpice had the honor of sitting down with the phenomenal spoken word poet, writer and teacher, Sarah Kay. We got to spend an hour getting to know the woman behind the words.”

November 24, 2013
“She’s the best friend you never met. It’s an inherent connection I feel that she can make with anybody… Although many may find writing poetry daunting, Kay tries to present poetry – both in her performance and writing – as a universally accessible art form. Interacting closely with her audience made her performance not only entertaining, but also genuine.”

November 11, 2013
“Part poet, part performer, part storyteller, and full comedian, Kay and her ability to bring life to words earned a standing ovation from enthralled students.”

October 31, 2013
“When one talks about a poet, Sarah Kay is the type of person that comes to mind. Young and extremely passionate… she is changing lives around the world, one classroom at a time. Her work has gathered a great following and has inspired people of all ages to be the best they can be.”

September 17, 2013
“Ms. Kay… believe[s] that [spoken word] 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.”

September 9, 2013
“Poets must be the most underpaid people in the world. The best poets in the world should be as renowned as the biggest pop stars, sportspersons, artists and writers. A case in point is Sarah Kay… Every time I see this girl she gives me goosebumps. As well as being absolutely beautiful, her poetry takes your breath away.”

August 28, 2013
“What makes Sarah Kay such a dynamic, interesting, and intriguing person? Perhaps it’s her colourful upbringing. Or her poems. Or the compelling way in which she delivers those poems… Whatever our reason for being fascinated with her, there’s no denying that hers is a name that has been heard all over the globe.”

August 5, 2013
“Her poetry is reflective, deliberate, and accessible, and has duly gained momentum… Kay has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to education, authoring an anthology as well as holding workshops with students from all corners of the world. She strives to use spoken word poetry to inspire “passion, patience, and compassion in people,” regardless of external circumstance. Through a collaborative commitment to promoting international consciousness, she continues to enrich both herself and the people around her.”

March 26, 2013
“Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay, both in their mid-20s, are established spoken word poets in America… As the power duo hit our shores this April, [TimeOut Singapore] catches up with them to find out what slam poetry is really all about.”

January 20, 2013
“At just 24, spoken word poet, Sarah Kay’s CV is intimidating, diverse and thankfully shows no sign of slowing down. Quixote’s Cove Bookshop and Word Warriors, in collaboration with the US Embassy brought over Sarah Kay for a week long poetry extravaganza which included workshops, performances, interaction programs and school/college tours last month. WAVE caught up with Sarah during her whirlwind tour and got her talking about spoken word poetry and its growing popularity.”

December 1, 2012
“Sarah, beautiful and effervescent, held the packed audience in a rapturous embrace. From watching her perform at TED or the myriad videos on YouTube, there are a few things that a viewer can’t quite tell. First, that she’s tall. Then, that this 23-year-old commands the stage with effortless confidence, exuding charm and spirit. But what does come across through video and in person is that her poems are so much persona, bravado, experience and emotion. There are matters of little import to others and yet, the way she tells it, she could very well be narrating the end of the world. She spoke and in speaking, gave advice. Her metaphors were insights, the melody her voice.
Walking away, there was something intangible in the air, as if struck with something too incomprehensible to behold. Maybe this is what poetry does. Walking away, men and women, girls and boys, I think we all fell in love with Sarah Kay.”

November 30, 2012
“Watch her perform once, and you can’t help but fall in love with Sarah Kay… The energetic cadences of her rendition, the way she uses her hands to liven up her performance, and the dazzling smile that lights up her face captivate and mesmerize. You can’t decide whether it’s the words or the performance that has managed to grip you. It may also be the enigmatic and fresh-faced lady. Perhaps, it’s the combination of all three. Her performances take your breath away and you just can’t ever get enough of Sarah, and that’s because her poems are spectacular and elegant—— just the way she is!”

August 17, 2012
“Sarah took some time out of her busy schedule (seriously… just this summer she’s been all over the northeast US and Central America and earlier this year to Singapore and Australia) to answer some questions for us.”

May 19, 2012
“Each time this lovely 23-year-old took the stage to perform a poem, the audience quieted, reflected, and delighted in a completely different way. On YouTube, at TED, and in classrooms around the world, Sarah Kay has become an inspiration and role model for teenagers (and others)… Listen to her closely— and take in the layers of response you have to her own poetry— and you see that she is doing something more instructive and nourishing… She puts words to what she knows about poetry, stories, and what happens within and between human beings.”

April 12, 2012
“Sarah has built her life around a career of poetry performance that has taken her to every corner of the globe… Perhaps an outgrowth of her interaction with so many people and cultures, Sarah feels passionately about the need to strike a balance in life between speaking and listening. “Some people only want to speak and hear their own voices, but then they don’t learn from others; they don’t learn compassion or empathy. Then there are other people who are scared to speak and are too willing to let others speak for them. This is dangerous because they sacrifice their individual story— one that nobody else can authentically tell. The key is balance. Be brave enough to speak, be open enough to listen.”

March 5, 2012
“From the Mouth of Babes: Spoken word poet Sarah Kay may only be 23, but she is already a force to be reckoned with. To call Sarah Kay eloquent is an understatement. The 23-year-old spoken word poet is an articulate force of nature, blowing audience members away with each enunciated adjective, suspenseful pause and wave of her hand…Kay is also dabbling in other projects, including plays, illustrated books, documentaries and photography. “I’m always trying to find the best way to tell each story,” she says. And at 23, it looks like Kay’s own story won’t be reaching The End anytime soon.”

November 29, 2011
“She’s young, talented, and has a true gift for language. Poet Sarah Kay, now 23, got her start as a spoken word poet at the age of 14, hiding under the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan’s East Village and listening to New York’s most talented poets perform.”

November 30, 2011
“I remember watching her talk for the first time, completely mesmerized and moved.”

October 26, 2011
“Move Over, Boys. Sarah Kay Steals the Show. 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, named Sarah Kay, who in many ways stole the show.”

huffington.postApril 11, 2011
“Reminding us of the role of the arts in this society, Kay’s talk provides us with a fresh and positive perspective that seems crucial in light of recent catastrophic events.”

washington.postMarch 10, 2011
“Sarah Kay… was a clear superstar and mesmerizing.”

incMarch 9, 2011
“You don’t have to be old to be wise. One of the wisest talks of the event was by the youngest speaker, 22-year-old slam poet Sarah Kay, who showed how the doors of self-expression are available to everyone.”

business.insiderMarch 7, 2011
“Best Overall TED TALK 2011.”

wiredMarch 4, 2011
“A performance poet named Sarah Kay blew down the house with her passionate wordplay.”

sasha.dichterMarch 4, 2011
“Sarah’s powerful poems are open, honest, vulnerable and beautiful… and man I wish I’d had her wisdom and creative guts when I was 22 years old.”

pune.mirrorJuly 23, 2010
“It’s possible to be a professional spoken word poet. Sarah at 22, is one, though a lot of her time these days is spent figuring out how to teach this art form.”

acumen.fundMay 3, 2010
“Sarah Kay lights a spark with each poem she shares, and you, her audience, will find that you catch on fire as you listen, if you let yourself. She has shared her spark with teenagers across the country, helping them find their voices, and I have no doubt that the power of her words has helped save lives.”

brown.daily.heraldApril 20, 2010
“[Sarah] has continued to craft lesson plans and curricula in an effort to weave spoken word into preexisting courses, all while honing her skills at teaching this nontraditional art form… Sarah, for her part, appears so comfortable in her own skin that she draws audience members toward her with each passionate hand gesture and every perfectly articulated word.”

start.with.why“Sarah is smart, talented, inspiring and humble. When Sarah speaks, she sings. When she sings, she speaks. She is wise beyond her years and, best of all, she has many more years beyond her. We’re all better people for having Sarah and her message in our lives.”

taylor.mali“When Sarah Kay began hanging around the Bowery Poetry Club as a teenager, she developed the reputation of being a great ”youth poet,” which was ridiculous. She was a great poet. Period. We should have known from the way she kicked our butts in the poetry slam that she is nothing less than a star. Not as in “superstar” or “movie star,” but as in “something from out of this world that gives off light, that you can use to navigate by, that you can make a wish upon.”

citizen.radio“This is Sarah Kay— mind like a steel trap, if inside that steel trap lived a giant, fuzzy bunny rabbit that handed out presents to orphaned children on Christmas. She knows what makes the clock tick, people! Killin’ ‘em with love. That’s how Sarah Kay rolls.”