“Willard Library’s 6th Annual Poetry Slam had the added bonus to have professional speakers and poets Kinetic Affect come in and display their expertise in performance! Their performances were dramatic, powerful, and provided content that everyone in the audience could relate to, especially the students. Kirk’s background in teaching along with his passion for poetry really shined through during the workshop, while Gabe’s suggestions to the performers-in-training were sensitive, honest and spot on. The time Kirk and Gabe took to spend with our young people will leave a long lasting impact on our children. On a side note, one of the kids who did not win the poetry slam competition, jokingly told me that with Kinetic Affect’s help, his performance got him a girlfriend out of the deal.”Stephanie Boyd, Children/Teen Service Librarian Coordinator of Poetry Slam Willard Public Library
After seeing a need to address racism in their community, former teacher and veteran spoken word duo could not stay silent. So, they responded how they know best—through their art. “A Simple Question” addresses racism in the United States and speaks to specific incidents from the last decade, calling for conversation, empathy, and understanding. Feeling conflicted over recent events, a student asks his teacher what seems like a simple question. But as the teacher ponders both history and modern reality, he realizes there isn’t an easy answer. Touching on perspectives from both education and the military, A Simple Question is a catalyst for conversation. The video calls for empathy in hopes that it will lead to understanding, a productive dialogue, and positive action; in hopes that someday our students won’t have to ask this question.