Shane Koyczan

You only have to hear spoken-word virtuoso Shane. L. Koyczan once to be hooked: brilliant, humane, furious, sexy, political, tragic and so funny you’ll be laughing through your tears. Koyczan’s performances are thrillingly rich, fast, cool and have brought audiences to their feet at the in New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles. Winner of the US Slam Poetry Championship and Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, 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. In 2007, Shane published Stickboy: A Novel in Verse, which garnered strong literary reviews and has been at the root of many discussions about the cycle of bullying.

In 2010, Shane was selected to perform in the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics… and perform he did. The poem “We Are More” was a magical, honest tribute to Canada, and Shane was deemed “A poet who touched hearts,” by CBC News.

Shane’s most recent collection, Our Deathbeds will be Thirsty is his first with McKellar & Martin Publishing Group, Limited, and is due to be released in Fall 2011.