World-renowned spoken word poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye have influenced millions with their performances and have continued to share their stories through one-on-one workshops with writers. This Sunday, a creative writing group called the 5C Wordsmiths will host the two artists in a workshop and performance.
The two poets have been celebrated and adored for their art for years, especially after Sarah Kay’s moving performance of “If I should have a daughter” at a TED talk and Phil Kaye’s award-winning poem at the National College Slam Competition.
Their work has inspired students and adults alike. Kay and Kaye have used their growth in popularity as momentum to propel Project Voice, a program that uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire people around the world — especially students.
“Personally, I think their work speaks to students, and people our age, because they choose topics that are almost universally, emotionally experienced by our generation: love, friendship, being hurt, going through life,” said Alessandra Yu PO ’19, co-president of 5C Wordsmiths.
Through Project Voice, Kay and Kaye have toured the country to demonstrate the power of spoken word. They hope to translate the message of vulnerability and strength to students at the 5Cs and encourage more writers to keep pushing their art forward.
“Sarah and Phil address issues of trauma and growing pains, but they come at it through a perspective of wonder, a perspective of ‘how can I figure this out?’” said Samantha Borje PO ’19, a member of 5C Wordsmiths. “And that’s a really refreshing and healing approach to an art form that is and has — even with good reason — been pretty angsty and angry.”
The workshop portion of their visit will take place at 1:15 p.m. at The Hive of The Claremont Colleges, and 25 students will have the chance to work on their own writing with Kay and Kaye. The event will be structured like a crash course on how to write and perform spoken word most effectively.
The later portion of the night will feature a performance by the two poets at Pomona College’s Little Bridges and will be open to the public. Their performance will be preceded by student writers showcasing their own poetry.