“A spoken-word Superstar”
The Globe and Mail
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Shane Koyczan is a recognised author and spoken word artist. He has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013 he collaborated with animators to make the anti bullying viral video To This Daywhich has now had over 18 million views. He performed a customised version For The Bullied and the Beautiful to acclaim at the 2013 International Ted Conference in California.
“Homer must have sounded (like this)… or Ginsberg or Kerouac”
The Lumière Reader
Shane Koyczan is not only a writer and spoken word virtuoso, but also a multi medium spoken word artist. He shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic and musically performed.
His first published collection of poetry, Visiting Hours was the only work of poetry selected by both the Guardian and The Globe and Mail for the Best Books of the Year lists in 2005. He followed up this success with Stickboy a novel in verse that chronicles the dark and lonely journey of a bullied child gripped by helpless rage. Koyczan shines a light into the bleak world behind some of the most incomprehensible acts in our culture, and also shows the healing power of love. Destined to become a classic, it was written for anyone who has ever been a child, Stickboy continues to be hailed by teachers, academics and mental health experts alike for its deft handling of the subject of bullying.
“Heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting”
In 2014 Shane released Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To, his first graphic novel. Shane once again covered many beautiful and thought provoking pieces relevant to our time. Troll, a poem about cyber bullying and the challenges of managing and understanding this new breed of abuse by critically examining the deep and hurtful wounds of participating in this digital generation. Silence Is A Song graphic novel is accompanied by a collection of songs of the poems featured in the novel, an astonishing musical collaboration with Cayne McKenzie of We Are The City and Hannah Epperson.
“Shane Koyczan is at the heart of a Category Five creative hurricane”
The Vancouver Sun
Shane however, is best known for his award winning spoken word performances. 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. He has received five star reviews for his performances around the world. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, Koyczan is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off the traditional designation of “Poet”.
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