The more ground we try to cover as communicators, the less deep we can get.

Two-time National Poetry Slam champion and activist Guante shares an important lesson for stronger and deeper communication, no matter what medium you use.

About the speaker

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist, educator and writer based in Minneapolis. He has performed everywhere from the United Nations, to the Soundset Hip Hop Festival, to countless colleges, universities, clubs, theaters, and rallies across the US, and his work has been featured on Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, BBC Radio 6 Music, MSNBC, Button Poetry, and beyond.

Whether deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity, challenging dominant narratives related to race and racism, or just telling stories about the different jobs he’s had, Guante strives to push boundaries in terms of both form and substance. Unapologetically social justice-minded, he’s shared stages with artists like Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Andrea Gibson, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, Patricia Smith, and many more. Guante also serves as a teaching artist on the rosters of COMPAS and TruArtSpeaks, engaging in writing and performance residencies with youth, as well as regularly facilitating workshops and classes that use art as a jumping-off point for deeper conversations about identity, power, empathy and agency.

Guante also just completed his Masters studies at the University of Minnesota with a focus on the intersections of spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education.

(photo credit: John Behm)

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