When you look at me, what do you see?

When you look at me, what do you see?

A spoken word slam meditation on language and Jewish identity

TEDx Poet Rachel Kann is a modern-day mystic: irreverently reverent and exuberantly human.

Her most recent work, The Upward Spiral, (a spoken word album with ambient electronica music,) is a collaboration with music producer Jaz 1 on the M87 record label.

She’s a Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria. Her poetry has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale.

Her poetry and short story collection, 10 For Everything, is available from Orange Ocean Press. Her writing (poetry and fiction) also appears in journals such as Eclipse, Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, Quiddity, and Lalitamba. You can find her work in anthologies including A Poet’s Haggadah, Word Warriors from Seal Press, His Rib from Penmanship Press, and Knocking at the Door from Birch Bench Press.

She has three albums, The Upward Spiral, Ptolemaic Complex and Word to the WHY?S, and collaborates with producers such as Jaz 1, End.User, Tack-Fu, and conductor/composer Gee Gee Gallegos.

She’s performed her poetry with artists and leaders such as daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Marianne Williamson, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, and Rahzel, at venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Royce Hall, The Broad Stage, The San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, and the Vans Warped Tour, as well as spiritual and sacred spaces like Jewlicious Fest X aboard The Queen Mary, Agape Spiritual Center and Sinai Temple.

Her work has received accolades from the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, (finalist), James Kirkwood Fiction Awards (short story), Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards (micro-fiction), LA Weekly Awards (best supporting actress) Backstage West Garland Awards Critic’s Picks (best supporting actress) and both the audio and video award for the International Slam Idol (poetry).

Rachel was commissioned by The Broad Stage to write and perform a contemporary retelling of Peter Pan from Tinker Bell’s perspective, accompanied by Maestra Rachael Worby’s 18-piece orchestra, Muse/Ique.

Rachel’s music video, “Lie Down Beside You,” created with collaborator and choreographer Keith Johnson, has received screenings at the 4 The Camera Film Festival and Landlocked Film Festival. The choreography for the track has been presented at Alvin Ailey Dance Center and The Kennedy Center.

Her music video, “Drunk,” in collaboration with Student Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rahat Mahajan, is currently a finalist in the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival.

Rachel was invited to perform her poetry at TEDx UCLA and in Flight 18 (where she was the DJ and Dance Captain as well) at 3LD Technology in New York City.

She teaches poetry and fiction workshops through the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.

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