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Shane Koyczan


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From Wikipedia: Shane .L. Koyczan (b. 22 May 1976) is a poet. He was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, and grew up in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. He is the first international performer to win the Individual Championship title at the National Poetry Slam 2000 in the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

Shane is a dynamic and charismatic artist whose performances are jaw-dropping in their expressive power. His delivery follows that of slam poetry and his performances and personae are at the vanguard of the live poetry circuit in the U.S., Canada & the UK.

His written work has been well received in Canada & the UK. The initial print-run for his book Visiting Hours dwarfed the industry standards for poetry books. Visiting Hours was recommended as a Book of the Year 2005 by the Guardian and the Globe and Mail.

Together with Mighty Mike McGee and C. R. Avery, he is the co-founder of spoken word, “talk rock” trio, Tons of Fun University.


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  • Sonic_Alkaline

    I'm glad I found his poetry. Best I've heard in a long while!

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Creamore

    "The Crickets Have Arthritis" is amazing! Bring tears to my eyes every time.

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • sudeep896

    "you me this city this world we always have a choice until we.." you are good Shane.

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • eliza-beth06

    You have the most beautiful voice ever, and a true gift for words. You're such a kind person! Please, please keep on doing what you're doing :)

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
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    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • littlethumbup

    just saw him live, quite an amazing performance, I recommend everyone go see this guy live!

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
  • SkyBlue20

    Great Job Shane!!! Can't wait to see you at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival!!

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • JDJ

    OK. Never heard of this guy before watching the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics... been trying to find as many things by this guy as possible. Simply... mind blowing.

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • blackbird6

    So when are you going to come down to Seattle?

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
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    18 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Sigulfr

    two words: evening magic.

    20 Dec 2006 Reply
  • brownstar

    wow, just wow.

    20 Oct 2006 Reply