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TED Talk Sensation Sarah Kay to Deliver Spoken Word Poetry at NEO

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 ¬- Spoken word poet, Sarah Kay, will perform at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Bruce G. Carter Student Union Ballroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Kay, a graduate of Brown University and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Grinnell College, is an author, TED Talks sensation, and the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., an organization dedicated to using spoken word poetry as an educational tool. Her 2011 TED Talk entitled “If I Should Have a Daughter” has garnered over 9 million views.

In 2007, Kay made her television debut on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and has since performed at the Lincoln Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, and as a featured artist for the United Nations “World Youth Report.”

Kay’s performance is co-sponsored by Chapters Bookstore as their annual National Poetry Month initiative and NEO as the first speaker in the Distinguished Lecture Series. Miami Arts & Humanities Council has also endorsed the event.

“National Poetry Month gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate this unique and constantly evolving art form. Whether you’re a poet on paper, just at heart, or not a poet at all, Sarah Kay’s performance is bound to inspire you,” said Jessie Hess, manager of Chapters Bookstore.

Kay will conduct an audience Q&A and book signing after her performance. Her books “B,” “No Matter the Wreckage,” and “The Type” will be available to purchase. The books range from $12 to $15.

Sodexo Food Services will also offer a Sushi Night in the College’s Student Union cafeteria from 4:30-7 p.m. The meal is included in student meal plans and guests can eat for $10.

“Sarah Kay’s unique talent and perspective, combined with Sushi Night, will offer our students and community an evening of culture and entertainment,” said Rachel Lloyd, grant project director.

Please contact rlloyd@neo.edu or chaptersmiami@yahoo.com for more information.

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