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CCS High School English Department Visiting Poet
CCS High School English Department Visiting Poet
Cooperstown Central School District
Thursday, June 06, 2019

Thursday June 6, 2019 -  The Cooperstown Central School High School English Department hosted Japanese-American poet Phil Kaye last month as students in grades 9-12 enjoyed the opportunity to experience thoughtful and socially relevant poetry.   His performance left an emotional impact on both students and faculty in attendance. Kaye also hosted a workshop for 28 students about the process of writing poetry.  This program was made possible by the generous support of CFEE, FoMA, the Cooperstown PTA, and Arts in Education. For more information, please contact Angela Eldred, CCS English Department, at

Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet who has taught and performed for thousands of students in nineteen countries. His work has been viewed millions of times online and featured in outlets ranging from PBS to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Phil was invited to perform alongside His Holiness, The Dalai Lama for the occasion of his 80th birthday. He is a former teacher of weekly workshops in maximum security prisons and head coordinator of SPACE, a prison arts program. Phil is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and his book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.