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Peter Kahn

Peter Kahn

Keynote Speaker: Spoken Word Educator, High School English Teacher & Author

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Peter Kahn Biography

A former Chicago social worker, Peter Kahn has been an English teacher since 1994 and a Spoken Word Educator since 2003 at Oak Park/River Forest High School. Kahn created the Spoken Word Poetry Educator position 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. His students can be seen in the documentary, Louder Than a Bomb and Steve James’ Starz docu-series, America to Me.

A founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen, he co-founded the London Teenage Poetry Slam and, as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London, created the Spoken Word Education Training Programme.

Kahn earned his MA in English Education from The Ohio State University, student taught at Columbus East High School and taught for the Young Scholars Program. He was a featured speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English’s annual convention and runner-up in the NCTE and Penguin Random House Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry.

Along with Patricia Smith and Ravi Shankar, he edited "The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks" reviewed in The New York Times by Claudia Rankine. Along with Hanif Abdurraqib, Franny Choi, and former student Dan “Sully” Sullivan, he edited "Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School," deemed “Electric and Expansive” by Kirkus Reviews. Kahn’s 2020 poetry collection, "Little Kings" has poems featured in The London Guardian and The Forward Book of Poetry.

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An acclaimed workshop leader, for an additional fee, Peter is available to do training sessions and to lead workshops. In addition to teaming with universities, he has led workshops with adults through the Poetry Foundation and the English and Media Centre (UK) and he has led a variety of workshops with young people between 10-18 years old at over fifty schools around the world. Peter enjoys being paired with alumni which include accomplished rappers, writers and educators.

Peter Kahn Videos

A teacher’s take on how spoken word poetry amplifies student voice
After 20 Years A Chicago Teacher Retires, But Not Without A Grand Finale
Spoken Word Club Spring 2021 Showcase

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What topics does Peter Kahn speak about?

Peter Kahn is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Poetry, Literary, Authors, Editing, Youth, Education, Education Motivation, Writing, Professors and Family & Parenting.

Where does Peter Kahn travel from?

Peter Kahn generally travels from Columbus, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Peter Kahn is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Poetry, Literary and Authors. The estimated speaking fee range to book Peter Kahn for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Peter Kahn generally travels from Columbus, OH, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gever Tulley, Gerry Brooks and Dr. Sharroky Hollie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Peter Kahn for an upcoming event.

Peter Kahn Speaking Topics

  • Peter Kahn Workshops

    An acclaimed workshop leader, for an additional fee, Peter is available to do training sessions and to lead workshops. In addition to teaming with universities, he has led workshops with adults through the Poetry Foundation and the English and Media Centre (UK) and he has led a variety of workshops with young people between 10-18 years old at over fifty schools around the world. Peter enjoys being paired with alumni which include accomplished rappers, writers and educators.

Peter Kahn Videos

A teacher’s take on how spoken word poetry amplifies student voice
After 20 Years A Chicago Teacher Retires, But Not Without A Grand Finale
Spoken Word Club Spring 2021 Showcase
Peter Kahn reads 'What a Teacher’s Dream Looks Like' from Little Kings
Peter Kahn reads 'On First Knowing You’re a Teacher' from Little Kings

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