Japanese-American poet Phil Kaye to Speak at Values Day 2019

Phil Kaye, a Japanese-American spoken-word poet, will be the keynote speaker for Stetson’s Values Day on Sept. 24.

The theme of Values Day 2019 is “Activism Through the Arts.” The theme is meant for individuals to explore ways in which they can utilize art to move their audience to action around a social issue, with the ultimate goal of social change. Phil Kaye does this through his Spoken Word Poetry. Kaye’s keynote address will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Lee Chapel. Cultural Credit will be available.

Kaye is co-director of Project VOICE, which partners with schools to inspire self-expression through Spoken Word Poetry. He started the organization with friend Sarah Kay, and their video of how they began, “An Origin Story,” has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube.

Kaye has taught and performed for thousands of students in 19 countries, and was invited to perform alongside His Holiness, The Dalai Lama at his 80th birthday celebration. A filmmaker and author, Kaye is a former teacher of workshops in maximum security prisons and head coordinator of SPACE, a prison arts program.

His 2018 book, “Date & Time,” will be the Stetson R.E.A.D. (Reflect, Engage and Affirm Diversity) for Values Day. Books will soon be available on campus.