Sarah Kay (poet)

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Sarah Kay
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Sarah Kay at TED 2011
Born (1988-06-19) June 19, 1988 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Poet
Nationality American

And no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute, be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.

Sarah Kay,If I Should Have a Daughter

Sarah Kay (born June 19, 1988) is an American poet. Known for her spoken word poetry, Kay is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E., founded in 2004, a group dedicated to using spoken word as an educational and inspirational tool.[1][2][3][4]


Kay, a graduate of Brown University, was born in New York City, New York to a Japanese American mother and a Jewish American father.[5] Sarah Kay now currently writes, reads, and performs poetry for all different kinds of audiences. She is also the co-director and founder of her current project, project VOICE. She began performing poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village at the age of 14, joining their Slam Team in 2006.[6] That year, she was the youngest person competing in the National Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas. She has participated in many poetry slams. In 2007 Kay made her television debut, performing the poem "Hands" on HBO's Def Poetry Jam.[7] She has performed at events and venues like the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, and at the United Nations where she was a featured performer for the launch of the 2004 World Youth Report.[8][9]

In May 2010, she performed at *spark!, a benefit for the Acumen Fund in New York, New York.[10]

On March 3, 2011, she performed at the TED conference in Long Beach, California as part of a series entitled "Beauty, Imagination, Enchantment." Along with a talk about her upbringing, she performed the poems "B" and "Hiroshima".[11]

Kay performed at The Nantucket Project, a festival of ideas in Nantucket, Massachusetts.[12]


Although Kay works primarily in spoken word poetry, she has published poems in magazines such as Foundling Review, DamselFly Press, and decomP literary magazine.[13][14][15]

In 2011, Kay published "B", a short hardcover book containing the titular poem, which was originally written in 2007.[16] The book features illustrations by Sophia Janowitz. In March 2014, "No Matter the Wreckage" a collection of poetry from the first decade of her career was published by Write Bloody Publishing, again featuring illustrations by Sophia Janowitz.[17]


  1. ^ "Project V.O.I.C.E. - Home". Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  2. ^ Interview on Radio Open Source, October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  3. ^ Interview on Rowan Radio, WGLS 98.7, November 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Kara (April 20, 2010). "Projecting Their V.O.I.C.E. - sarah kay & phil kaye spread the word". Post. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  5. ^ An Origin Story
  6. ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008) Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. "New York City Poetry Slam Teams from 1990 to 2007" page 369. Soft Skull Press, 288. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
  7. ^ "Def Poetry: Sarah Kay". HBO. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Project V.O.I.C.E. - About Us". Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  9. ^ "La Casita at Lincoln Center Out of Doors". 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  10. ^ "*spark! - Sarah Kay performs part 1 - Acumen Fund's Community". Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  11. ^ "TED2011: Sarah Kay". Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  12. ^ Daniel Honan. "Move Over, Boys. Sarah Kay Steals the Show | Big Think". Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  13. ^ "decomP literary magazine". November 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  14. ^ "DamselFly Press - A Myriad of Women's Voices". 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Foundling Review". 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  16. ^ "Sarah Kay's "B" at". Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  17. ^ Kay, Sarah (2014). No Matter the Wreckage. Sophia Janowitz (Illustrator). Write Bloody Publishing. ISBN 978-1938912481. 

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