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Poetry is not limited to seasoned writers and artists, but is rather an art form for all participants. Spoken word poetry, in fact, exists in a unique balance between artist and audience, where participation and integration of external voices helps to enhance the meaning and message of the poet. This ability to understand and interact with an external audience is just one of the many skills that poetry teaches; most of all, it allows artists and individuals to develop a greater sense of empathy, and to understand how to interpret the reactions of others. Not only does empathy help enhance the artistic performance of poetry, but it also enables individuals to communicate more effectively and to resolve conflicts through compromise.

About the Speaker

Sharon Lin

Sharon Lin

Sharon Lin is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the New York Times, the White House, the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and the Huffington Post. Her poetry appears in the Voices of the East Coast anthology, The Feminist Press, and the New York Public Library. Currently, she serves as the NYC Youth Poet Laureate. She is an editor for KidSpirit Magazine and a poetry reader for Polyphony HS. She currently attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works as a researcher for the MIT Media Lab.