Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter …

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.”

The below video made me tear up:

Sarah Kay has been a performing poet since she was 14 years old. She is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States. Full bio and more links.

(Thank you Jessi)

8 Comments leave a comment below

  1. beautiful! thank you for sharing.
    This video reminds me of another great speech at TED: not a real poem but very inspiring and poetic:

  2. I know! I loved her after the first 30 seconds of the video.

  3. Such a fantastic and inspiring lady.
    Thank you for sharing the video!

  4. heres another, similar, poem:

  5. Thank you for posting this…this is the most inspirational thing I have seen in a long time! What a poised and impressive woman…her wisdom belies her age, and I am fascinated by her immense talent!


    She’s lovely. Real. And inspiring.

  7. She was one of my favorite speakers at TED!

  8. Thank you for sharing this post – made me quite teary as well!

    She’s incredible and inspiring