I've been keeping tabs on this amazing artist, Sarah Kay, ever since I watched her TED Talk several months ago. She has a way with words, and is phenomenal to listen to. The following quotation is my favorite part of her performance, but if you have the time, I would encourage you to watch the whole video. It's one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen.
Watching her speak reminds me just the slightest bit of a time when I was visiting my friend Max at Oberlin College, and we attended a poetry sort of event together. To be honest, my memory is fuzzy about the details of the event, but I distinctly remember feeling comfortable and accepted; maybe that's part of why this talk resonates so much with me, for that same "at home" feeling I have while watching it.
I don't want to put words in her mouth, but I can't help but feel that Sarah Kay and I share a similar mission. She and her buddy Phil Kaye have founded an organization called Project V.O.I.C.E., and on her website [which is called "Kay, Sarah (sera)" which is brilliant!], it says: "Project V.O.I.C.E. brings together performance, writing, and a supportive environment to convince people that their views are significant, valid, and necessary."
Obviously we're meant to be BFFs, right?