541.488.7716 185 N. Mountain Ave Ashland, OR 97520

Shane Koyczan, Spoken Word Artist

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 PM, $20

Tickets $20 at the Music Coop or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4109475

Shane Koyczan is not only a writer and spoken word virtuoso, but also a multi medium spoken word artist. In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics

introduced us to Shane Koyczan. With a collective wow across Canada and beyond, we found the poet of our generation. And we werent even looking for one. The world took notice when Shanes influential, anti-bullying, To This Day Project video went viral in early 2013 with over 14 million views and counting. Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, his explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Downie and Leonard Cohen are to theirs. But unlike the musicians that hes often compared to, poets rarely infiltrate pop culture. Koyzcan emerges in a new wave of 21st century poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice.