The previous page has my basic booking info and contact information; this is just something a bit longer for anyone needing more. It’s also a good introduction to the work that I do.

performing at the Fiske Planetarium at CU-Boulder; photo by Jordan Altergott

1. What do you do?

I am a spoken word poet. I’m also a social justice educator/facilitator. So while sometimes I get booked to do one or the other, I am most often asked to incorporate both. This generally means that I use poems as entry points into critical dialogue, especially around issues like masculinity, consent and healthy sexuality, and identity and power.

2. What does one of your performances or programs look like?

It’s an important part of my practice that I don’t just offer pre-packaged presentations; I work with organizers to make sure that every program we collaborate on is as relevant and engaging to its audience as possible. That being said, I am most often booked by colleges or conferences to do: (1) an evening event centered on a particular theme that incorporates performance, dialogue, and Q&A, and (2) whatever workshops, class visits, or smaller-scale engagements we can fit in either during that day or the next day.

That’s probably the most straightforward way to book me, but I’m always open to alternative models:

  • First-Year Orientation Programs: My Masters research focused on arts-based approaches to first-year programs, so I’m always excited about opportunities to put that into practice.
  • Opening Act: While I’m often booked as a “poetic keynote” myself, I’ve also performed poems as an opener to keynote speakers like Marc Lamont Hill, Jessica Valenti, and others.
  • Residencies: I’ve been booked to guest-teach multiple classes over the course of a week to lead up to a student-led performance. Here in Minnesota, I also work with both TruArtSpeaks and COMPAS to bring spoken word programs to schools.
  • Finally, while the bulk of my work weaves together my experience as a poet, activist, and educator and focuses on specific themes or topics, I’m also down to just show up and perform. Student programming boards, radio stations, activist organizations– feel free to get in touch!

3. Can you share a few sample program titles, especially the kind that have a title and then a subtitle? I love those.

Sure. Here are a few, and I think they also speak to one of my guiding practices: I may show up to talk about toxic masculinity, or consent, or whiteness, or the importance of using your voice, or any other specific topic; but I’m really interested in power. I’m interested in highlighting the agency that we all have to do something about these issues. So while I don’t often get booked to talk specifically about organizing, I’m kind of always talking about organizing. Consider it an added bonus.

  • Page/Stage/Engage: An Introduction to Spoken Word as Practice and Culture
  • Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre: On Poetry, Protest, and Possibility
  • Beyond Blue: Masculinity, Gender Violence, and Consent
  • Zooming In: What Poetry Can Teach Us About Movement-Building
  • A series of “Beyond Buzzwords” facilitated discussions on topics like allyship, white supremacy, toxic masculinity, systems change, and more

4. What’s the process for booking you?

Reach out! You can use the webform here to share some basic details on what you’re thinking, and we can work together from there to confirm the rest. In terms of budget, I always try to work with organizers to figure out what makes sense for everyone involved. Please don’t hesitate to pitch something; even when it doesn’t work out, I try to connect people to other artists and educators who do similar work.

After we confirm the basic details, I’m always happy to provide materials that can help promote the event– images, a bio, titles and blurbs, and even some tools and tactics that have been successful at other gigs.

5. Are you legit? Where else have you performed?

I’ve been performing for the past decade, everywhere from the United Nations, to music festivals like Eaux Claires and Soundset, to countless high schools, rallies, churches, clubs, community centers, living rooms, and beyond. When it comes to colleges and universities I’ve performed or spoken at, here’s a sampling of 80 or so of the most recent ones (in no particular order): 

  • University of Minnesota
  • Shepherd University
  • Rockford University
  • Hastings College
  • Goucher College
  • CU-Boulder
  • Framingham State University
  • West Chester University
  • California State University- San Marcos
  • Colorado College
  • US Air Force Academy
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • Carleton College
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Macalester College
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • UW-Madison
  • Dickinson College
  • Miami University
  • Columbia University
  • Western Washington University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Arizona
  • Manhattanville College
  • Valdosta State University
  • Northland College
  • Hamline University
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • UC-Irvine
  • North Central College
  • North Carolina State University
  • Hartwick College
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • Pomona College
  • University of Nevada – Reno
  • St. Mary’s College of California
  • University of Rochester, NY
  • Murray State University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • Angelo State University
  • UW-Parkside
  • University of Richmond
  • Bridgewater College
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Old Dominion University
  • UNC – Charlotte
  • UC- San Diego
  • Northwestern University
  • Portland State University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • UW-River Falls
  • Lewis University (Chicago)
  • Boston University
  • UW-La Crosse
  • Luther College
  • Washington University
  • UW-Stout
  • Lawrence University
  • St. Catherine University
  • Concordia University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Inver Grove College
  • Anoka-Ramsey Commuity College
  • Augsburg College
  • Bethel University
  • Metro State University
  • MCTC
  • UMN – Morris
  • St. Cloud State
  • Central Lakes College
  • UMN – Duluth
  • Carleton College
  • St. Olaf
  • MN West Community College
  • Gustavus Adolphus
  • MN State Mankato
  • Southwest MN State

Still adding more. Thanks for reading. Hope to be in touch!