Sarah Kay ’10 has published an illustrated version of her poem “B”, the piece with which she opened her TED talk in March. The poem, dedicated to a hypothetical future daughter, is poignant, funny, unbelievably wise beyond Kay’s years and hard to summarize in one sentence — which is why you should listen to it yourself. Available for only $6, the beautiful hardcover features illustrations by Sophia Janowitz, Kay’s oldest friend and a 2010 Yale graduate. With nothing but five-star reviews so far, “B” is #70 on Amazon’s bestsellers list and rising, surpassing even Tina Fey’s autobiography. You can buy the book and read a brief interview with Kay here.
Many of Kay’s spoken word poems can be found online. Kay first performed for a national audience when she recited an original poem entitled “Hands” on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam in 2007. Since then, she has become a YouTube sensation; her videos regularly receive upward of 100,000 hits, and the recording of her performance on HBO boasts over 700,000. She has performed in the UK, India, the Czech Republic and South Africa. Joined by Phil Kaye ’10, Kay co-directs Project V.O.I.C.E., a nonprofit that brings spoken word poetry to grade school students.
Kay is currently working toward an MAT in Secondary English Education at Brown.