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Spoken Word Educator, High School English Teacher & Author

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Peter Kahn has been a high school teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School in Chicago since 1994. He started as an English teacher and created the Spoken Word Poetry Educator position in 2003 to help promote student engagement and voice, to close the opportunity gap, and to combat high ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) scores.Kahn is the founder and sponsor of Oak Park’s Spoken Word Club — the largest school-based club of its kind in the world. Alumni include NBA champion, Iman Shumpert; former Scholastic Arts National Youth Poet Laureate, Natalie Richardson; National Youth Poet Laureate, Kara Jackson; and comedian, Langston Kerman (HBO, MTV, IFC, NBC, Comedy Central). Several have gone on to earn full-tuition scholarships to university as a result of poetry and to earn MFA’s in Creative Writing. Several have been published in Poetry magazine, two with work written while in high school.Kahn has been an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and Concordia University, where he created and taught the Spoken Word Education program. He also introduced this program to Goldsmiths – The University of London students in his time spent there as a visiting fellow.Kahn has been a Featured Speaker at the National Council for Teachers of English annual convention and keynote speaker for several conferences. He is an editor of “The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks” (The University of Arkansas Press, 2017), as well as an upcoming anthology celebrating twenty years of Oak Park’s Spoken Word Club to be published by an imprint of Penguin Random House. His poetry collection, “Little Kings,” was published with Nine Arches Press (UK) in June, 2020 and sold out their first print run in record time.Kahn’s work has been featured on NPR, PBS Newshour’s website, the London Guardian, the documentary Louder Than a Bomb and Steve James’ Starz docu-series, America to Me. Kahn has been hailed a pied piper of a teacher by the Chicago Sun-Times and the type of poet and teacher who makes the world easier for other poets and teachers by National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Peter Kahn and other top speakers and celebrities.

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