About

 
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Intro

Hi! I'm Phil. Thanks for hanging out in my little corner of the internet (I hope you like the fonts, I obsessed over them for too long). Before the fancy official bio, I wanted to take a second to introduce myself. Ever since I was a kid in California, I’ve loved creating things. And over the last decade, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to get to create things for a living with people I care about. I’ve worked most extensively in poetry, but also recently in film. I’ve made things that have done really well, and made things that weren’t so hot (the bio below unfairly skews toward the former). But I try to follow this general guideline: make art you love with people you love. Hopefully you like it too.

Full Bio

Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet, writer & filmmaker. His work has been featured in settings ranging from NPR to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original work in eighteen countries and was invited to open for His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. He is the co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that partners with schools to bring poetry to the classroom. Phil is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam (CUPSI) award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons, Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). His book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.

As a filmmaker, Phil is one half of Thanks Laura, where he serves as co-creator / writer / director & actor. His recent series “Distance” premiered at South by Southwest and was recommended by The New York Times.

When not on the road, Phil spends his time watching movies, using 90’s slang, and quietly wondering to himself what the dealio is.

Short Bio

Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet. His work has been featured in settings ranging from NPR to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original work in eighteen countries and was invited to open for His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday.  A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons, Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). Phil is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and his book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.