Later this month, incredibly talented activists and poets Ken Arkind and Jon Sands will be performing at BU. Poets from Speak for Yourself will open up with some of their original spoken word before handing the stage off to Ken and Jon for an incredible evening.
[KEN ARKIND] is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, 6 countries and at over 150 colleges and universities. He is the founding Program Director of Denver Minor Disturbance, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Colorado youth find voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. He is the author of “Denver” (Fast Geek Press, 2013) and “Coyotes” (Penmanship Books, 2014). Ken is the poetry editor for “Suspect Press” and wrote the title poem for the Air Ball Creative short film “Breathless.” He makes an amazing green chile stew.
[JON SANDS] is a poet, essayist, and author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films. He is an adjunct with the City University of New York, a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing at Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center). He is the co-founder of Poets in Unexpected Places, and a member of the groundbreaking performance poetry tours “The Whirlwind Company” and “The SpillJoy Ensemble.” His work has been featured in The New York Times and is published in Rattle, The Millions, LUMINA from Sarah Lawrence College, Word Riot, The Rattling Wall from PEN Center USA, and many others. He tours regularly, but lives in Brooklyn.