Empowered: Sarah Kay, a poetry writer and reader, and a spoken word poetry teacher

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.

But don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining. Your voice is small, but don’t ever stop singing.
— Sarah Kay, "If I Should Have a Daughter," TED Talks

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?