When I was in 7th grade, my teacher, Mrs. Roberts, received a grant to have Kinetic Affect come into our classroom to help us write spoken word poetry. Kinetic Affect was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. It inspired me to start working on poetry to get my mind off other things happening in my life. Until this day I still write poetry because of how big an impact working with Kinetic Affect had on me. It helped me get things out that I had kept bottled in for so long about school and how I really felt about my grades. I can honestly say that I really wish everyone could get the chance to work with them. I think they’d inspire so many more than me. Thank you Kinetic Affect for giving me the opportunity to work with you and thank you for inspiring me to express how I feel through my spoken word poetry.Mason Holmes, 9th Grade, Battle Creek
As a thank you to those who have supported us through 10 years of writing and performing original spoken word poetry, we’ve shared these 100 mesages of hope as free downloads, to challenge and inspire all who here them.
Each week for the next year we will select and release 2 poems about triumph over the past. These will be a collection of poems from us as well as collaborative artists. You can collaborate on this project. Send us your own spoken word poems on Youtube or Vimeo and tag them #100poemsforhope