Friday, February 22, 2013

"To This Day" - video of Spoken Poem re Bullying - Shane Koyczan - Canadian

To This Day
A Spoken word Poem by Shane Koyczan
Animated by many volunteers on the Internet

You can read more about this project and watch/listen to the finished video on the following website.
It is amazing !

To This Day Project is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan called “To This Day”, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.

Animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments that will thread into one fluid voice.

This collaborative volunteer effort will demonstrate what a community of caring individuals are capable of when they come together.
Filmed February 2013 at TED2013

I have enjoyed Wired since it was first published.  Sometimes I read articles online and sometimes I buy a magazine.  I ALWAYS find it interesting and I ALWAYS learn when I read Wired.  The articles are in-depth, yet written in a style that makes reading pure pleasure.  You do not have to be a techie to read Wired and enjoy the experience.

In addition to the article, there are 2 videos/poems which I enjoyed very much:
  1. To This Day
  2. Tomatoes
To This Day Anti-Bullying Project
by Laura Grace Weldon
02.21.13      11:00 AM

If you’ve ever been left out, picked last, called names, felt that you’d never really be accepted for who you are, you should watch this. If you’ve ever done the leaving out and the name calling, you need to watch this too.

Bullied as a child, spoken word performer Shane Koyczan kneads his experiences into powerful poetry. His piece about bullying is now a short animation. It rises above the bruises left by words and the hiding places pills can’t provide, all the way up to a place of beauty. The video is a collaborative piece, created using 20 second segments contributed by animators and artists. It will surely prompt reflection and discussion. It also promotes more formal anti-bullying efforts.

You’ll want to keep up with Koyczan. He performs a new style of song and spoken verse with his band Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. He has two books, Visiting Hours and Stickboy (neither one easy to find). Check out his site, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and if you can, try to fit more of his spoken word poems into your day.


Visiting Hours
Author:       Shane Koyczan
Editor:        Chrystalene Buhler
Illustrator:  Matthew Bowen

About the Author

Shane Koyczan is one of the world s premier spoken word artists. Born in Yellowknife, Koyczan spent much of his youth in Penticton, BC, where he attended Okanagan University College before moving to Vancouver.

Shane beginnings in slam poetry came out of pure necessity. He was wondering how he was going to pay a phone bill when he saw a poster on a streetlamp in Vancouver offering prize money for a poetry slam. Shane entered that slam and won the event. He paid that bill and enjoyed the experienced so much that he went on to win the 2000 US National Independent Poetry Slam in Rhode Isalnd. Shane captained the Vancouver team that won the Canadian nationals 2004. Shane is the first poet from outside the USA to win the prestigious US National Independent Poetry Slam.

His 2005 book of poems, Visiting Hours, was hailed as a Book of the Year Selection by The Guardian (UK) and the Globe and Mail (Canada).

Shane has performed to full houses around the world. He's rocked the stage at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Calgary's WordFest and lit up the Vancouver International Writers Festival twice. Shane toured New Zealand and Australia in the Spring of 2007 where he performed to standing ovations and sold out bookstores. He's toured Canada and USA extensively.


Author:                  Shane Koyczan
Illustrator:             John Rummen
Publication Date:  September 15, 2008

Shane's new novel in verse, Stickboy, is narrated by a boy who, after enduring years of bullying from his classmates, finally snaps and becomes a bully himself. The title is a reference to both the old sticks and stones saying, and the narrator s feeling of being made of sticks of dynamite waiting to explode. This tale, based on Shane s childhood experiences with bullying, is as beautiful as it is haunting. And it reminds us that although we can assume any role bully, victim, or passive observer ultimately, we must each choose where we stand...

With cyber-bullying on the rise, this is truly a timely and important book for all ages and backgrounds: students, parents, teachers, and more. It is sure to ignite lively debate and discussion about bullying in our society and what we can do about it.

About the Author
You only have to hear spoken word virtuoso Shane Koyczan once to be hooked humane, furious, sexy, political, tragic, and so funny you ll be laughing through your tears. Koyczan's thrillingly rich, fast and cool performances have brought audiences to their feet in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles.

Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship, the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, and the CBC National Poetry Face Off, Shane has been featured on BRAVO television, and NPR, BBC, CBC, and ABC (Australia) radio.

His first published collection, Visiting Hours, was the only work of poetry selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists.

With Stickboy, Shane has produced a novel in verse so explosive, so heart-wrenching, that it will stick with you long after you put it down.

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