Phil Kaye is a touring poet, published author, and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. Raised in a California beach town to a Japanese mother and Jewish-American father, Phil first fell in love with spoken word poetry at age 17. Since then he has had the privilege of touring across the country as a celebrated performer, writer, and teacher. He has appeared on NPR, performed at Lincoln Center, and most recently coached and performed on the 2011 Providence National Poetry Team, ranked third in the nation. His first book, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011, and his work can be found regularly in CHAOS Magazine.
As the full-time co-director of Project VOICE along with Sarah Kay, Phil travels to colleges and high schools to perform his work and teach poetry workshops, empowering students to find their own voice. He is a graduate of Brown University, where he was head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE) and taught weekly poetry workshops in maximum-security prisons. Phil is the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. Received once as a performer and once as a coach, Phil is the only person to receive the award twice. When not on the road, Phil lives in New York City and spends his time writing new work, using 90s slang, and quietly wondering to himself what the dealio is.