In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced us to Shane Koyczan. An internationally recognized author and spoken word artist, Shane has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. He is not only a writer, but a multi-platform spoken word virtuoso. And we’re welcoming him to Fairbanks in April—National Poetry Month.
In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video ͞”To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version ͞”For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.
“Poetry, like music, connects people in a powerful way and
Shane lifted entire audiences to their
feet with his incredible words.”
“Koyczan’s words electrified. At times they scorched. But in the next breath they stoked gently like smooth silk. It didn’t take long to realize Koyczan was a poet, philosopher, psychologist, ham actor and comic all rolled into a voice that touches us at our deepest core. Together we laughed and wept through the hour – each one of us reliving our own childhood and subsequent romances as adults. And at each turn, we rediscovered ourselves and found inspiration for a new day.” – St Albert Gazette
“Homer must have sounded [like this]…or Ginsberg or Kerouac.” –Amy Brown, The Lumiere Reader
This event has appeal to all ages. (10 – 110)
Tickets for high school students and UAF students are available for $10.