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Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American artist. His work has been featured in settings ranging from The New Yorker to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original poetry 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.
Phil also makes things for the screen. He is one half of Thanks Laura, where he serves as co-creator, writer, director & actor. “Distance”, a series he helped write, produce and act in, 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.