Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shane Koyczan is a spoken word poet, writer, and performer. He has placed first in the National Poetry Slam, published three books: Visiting Hours, a poetry collection, Stickboy, a novel in verse, and Our Deathbeds will be Thirsty most recently in 2012. Visiting Hours has been chosen by a number of organizations for their best books of the year list. Koyczan as a slam poet uses a phenomenal mix and texture, rythm, and novel points of view on traditional subjects that I find to be intriguing, engaging, and inspirational. Koyczan has an unparallelled artful mastery over the English language. Every breath, every pause, every word serves a purpose in his performances. He owns an uncanny ability to use the English language climax through his pieces making what he performs as moving as it is creatively inspiring. I haven't found an spoken word performer more worth sharing than Shane Koyczan. Enjoy.

This is Shane Koyczan's winning National Poetry Slam performance. It is also an early stage in his career.

Here Shane speaks at TED. He uses his slam poetry skills to speak out against bullying in schools and in the world.

Here is Shane's own website with personal information, tour dates, and current projects.

Bryce Waldron