Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice.
Best known for his award-winning spoken word performances, Koyczan is an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off the traditional designation of “Poet”. With his rhythmic verse in high gear, he navigates his audience through social and political territory with a furious honesty and a tender humanity that has brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Stockholm and LA to name a few. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make an anti-bullying viral video, To This Day, which has had more than 18 million views.
In 2014, he released Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To, his first graphic novel. Koyczan once again covered many time-relevant, thought provoking pieces including Troll, a poem about cyber bullying and the challenges of managing and understanding this new breed of digital abuse.
“We saw Shane perform to a standing room-only crowd in New York earlier this year and were blown away by his commanding delivery and the affect he had on the audience. Given the growing popularity of spoken word in Miami, we instantly knew that we had to have him as part of Culture Shock Miami’s 15th season,” stated program managers Christina Tassy-Beauvoir and Mary-Margaret Dale.
Age appropriateness: 13+