For the coming week I’ll be traveling, so for the next few days I’ve decided to share a few of the most-read posts from my Everyday Intensity blog here (especially those that may be of interest to writers) and vice versa.

First, though, I also want to be sure to send you over to Michelle Isenhoff’s blog where you can read her review of Oscar’s Gift (and a chance to win a free paperback copy). Spend some time on her excellent site, where you can also read serial installments ala Dickens of her historical fiction for children, The Candle Star).

900th TED Talk: Sarah Kay’s “If I should have a daughter…”

(first published at Everyday Intensity, March 18, 2011)

From the TED website:

TED logo“Plenty of 14-year-old girls write poetry. But few hide under the bar of the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan’s East Village absorbing the talents of New York’s most exciting poets. Sarah Kay also had the guts to take its stage and hold her own against performers at least a decade her senior. Her talent for weaving words into poignant, funny, and powerful performances paid off.

Now 22, Kay is a successful spoken word poet and codirects Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression). Founded by Kay in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. encourages people, particularly teenagers, to use spoken word as a tool for understanding the world and self, and a medium for vital expression.” Read More

Sarah Kay’s intensity mesmerizes and enchants us in this lyrical, moving 900th TED Talk:

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