Ken Arkind & Jon Sands LIVE at Boston University


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 event.

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[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.

Andrea Gibson is coming to BU!

Join Speak for Yourself, Boston University’s only spoken word poetry group, and Q, the Queer Activist Collective, for a FREE workshop led by activist and award-winning poet Andrea Gibson. This event, open to all BU students, will take place on Monday, February 10 at 8 pm. Please see our Facebook event for the location and more details. (Can’t view the event? Send us a friend request and message on Facebook for an invite!)


WORKSHOP THEME: Spoken Word in Action!

Focusing on a myriad of social justice issues, we will explore the poet’s responsibility in the current political climate. We will read and discuss poems by contemporary writers focusing on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, patriarchy, and capitalism. After, we will use the shared poems as writing prompts to inspire our own radical voices.



Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement–the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam–Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality.

Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY and her second book THE MADNESS VASE, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room.


Andrea will also be performing at The Middle East in Cambridge on Tuesday, February 11. Email from your BU email address for a link to discounted tickets.

First Event of the Year

Hello there, Speakees!

We’ve been at school for a few weeks now. The air is getting crisper, homework is piling up, and poetry is bursting from our brains. We’re extremely excited to have so many new members, and we’re looking forward to a great semester.

Next Tuesday, October 1st, we will be having an open mic night in the basement of 520 Park Drive in South Campus instead of our usual meeting. The event is open to anyone, so please bring your friends and your words for a great evening!

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Hey y’all, we got a Tumblr!


We’ll still be using this blog, but we created a Tumblr for reblogability (new favorite word) and to give more people a chance to see what we’re up to. So follow us for videos of our favorite spoken word performances, updates on events, and poetry memes (because yes, such a thing does exist!).

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Drag Poetry Night

Speak for Yourself and the Center for Gender, Sexuality, & Activism come together to bring you Drag Poetry Night on October 26th at 8:00 pm in the GSU Conference Auditorium (775 Comm Ave, 2nd floor).

We’d like to offer performance groups and individuals an opportunity to perform as genders other than their own through poetry, music, dance, improv, etc. in order to explore what we allow ourselves to do when dressed as another gender and what exactly that means for the performing arts community. The proceeds of the event will benefit Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Youth.

The night will have set performances by our improv and theater groups, Liquid Fun, Stage Troupe, and BU On Broadway as well as an open mic section for all kinds of performances. If you’d like to perform, sign up at the event or contact us at (Please contact us beforehand if you’d like any special equipment.)

Liquid Fun will be doing a set in dressed in drag, a great way to warm up for their Halloween Show in BU Central the next night, October 27th.

Stage Troupe will be performing a scene from their upcoming production of Stop Kiss, a touching story about an LGBTQ relationship, going up the next weekend, November 1st – 3rd in the Student Theater at Agganis Arena.

BU On Broadway will be giving us some retro drag, performing the song “A Little Less Conversation” from their production of All Shook Up!, coming November 8th – 10th at 8:00 pm to Tsai Performance Center.

Tickets are $7 or $5 with your BU ID, on sale in the GSU Link October 24th – 26th or at the door.

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