Sarah Kay of Project Voice Speaks at May 10 School Meeting
Sarah Kay, of Project Voice, addressed the school meeting May 10 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
Kay is best known for her 2011 TED talk, “If I Should Have A Daughter,” which has been viewed more than 10 million times online. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Grinnell College. Kay has been invited to share her work on stages and in classrooms around the world and is the author of four books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), B (Hachette, 2015), The Type (Hachette, 2016), and All Our Wild Wonder (Hachette, 2018).
“We’re excited to have Sarah Kay—a world-renowned spoken word artist—join us,” says Michele Poacelli, the director of Mercersburg’s Writing Center and an English faculty member. “There has been a lot of excitement around a visit from Phil Kaye (who is also from Project Voice) in the past, and we’re excited to have Sarah’s voice on campus this week.”
Spoken-word workshops were held on Friday afternoon with Kay in the Burgin Center’s Hale Studio Theatre. Project Voice’s hands-on workshops help students build the skills and confidence to create and perform their own work. Using varied teaching methods including original exercises, multimedia, and creative collaboration, Project Voice is dedicated to creating a supportive and safe environment where participants can experiment, practice, and polish their work.
Mercersburg’s Spring Spoken Word event, featuring student artists, took place Friday evening in the Simon Student Center, with Kay as the emcee for the event.
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