January 25, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) – Sarah Kay, spoken-word poet, founder and co-director of Project VOICE and author of two books of poetry, B and No Matter the Wreckage, will be the featured speaker at the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Kay will answer questions at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom, 3140 Dyer St. The student forum is a lively question-and-answer session with the Tate speaker for area high school students, SMU students, faculty and staff.
The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane. To purchase tickets visit https://sites.smu.edu/apps/tatetickets/purchase1.asp.
SMU students are eligible for free admission to Tate Lectures. Student tickets are distributed in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. on the evening of the lecture. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and students must show a valid SMU ID to claim a ticket.
Sarah Kay is a spoken-word poet and author. She is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which uses spoken-word poetry to entertain, educate and inspire students through workshops and performances.
Kay began performing in her native New York City at the age of 14. In 2006 she was the youngest person to compete in Austin, Texas, at the National Poetry Slam, a competition at which poets read or recite original work and are judged by members of the audience. She made her television debut in 2007 on HBO’s Def Poetry. In 2011 she performed her poem B (If I Should Have a Daughter) at the TED conference in Long Beach, California, where she drew a standing ovation and rave reviews. That poem was published in a book, which was followed by an anthology of Kay’s works, No Matter the Wreckage, published in 2014.
Kay has performed her poetry in venues including Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival and the United Nations, where she was featured at the launch of the World Youth Report. Kay earned a master’s degree in the art of teaching secondary English from Brown University Graduate School.