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Monday, May 23, 2016

A hero for anti-bullying

“I hid my heart under my bed because my mother said if you're not careful someday somebody's going to break it. Take it from me, under the bed is not a good hiding spot.” –  Shane Koyczan

Born on this date in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Koyczan grew up in British Columbia and in 2000 became the first Canadian to win the U.S. Individual Championship title at the National Poetry Slam.

A spoken word poet, writer, and member of the group Tons of Fun University, he is best known for writing about issues like bullying, cancer, death, and eating disorders and internationally famous for his anti-bullying poem To This Day 

 (Check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa1iS1MqUy4 to see him “perform” it at his TED talk).            

Also the author of 4 books of poetry and many essays – both written and spoken – Koyczan said he’s interested in pursuing opera next.  “Opera is the original marriage of words and music, and there's a theatre element, a dramatic element,” he said.   “It's right up my alley.”

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