Our latest Man of the Week went from a childhood of being tormented by bullies to life as an award winning poet, author and performer. You might know Shane Koyczan his performance of We Are Moreat the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, or from his powerful anti-bullying video, To This Day, which to date has over 14 million views on YouTube.
Koyczan is a prolific writer, having published the books Visiting Hours, Stickboy, and Our Deathbeds will be Thirsty. He also co-founded the talk rock trio, Tons of Fun University, with poets C.R. Avery and Mighty Mike McGee. In addition, he’s known for his spoken word performances. If you’re in Canada (or will be) between now and early November, you can catch him live at a variety of stops. As winner of the U.S. Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, getting the opportunity to catch him throwing down in person is an experience you won’t want to miss.
The To This Day Project
To This Day inspired Koyczan to create the To This Day Project, a website that includes the video, animation, spoken word, the written poem, and an app that allows you to record your own version of the poem and share it via social media.
For his work creating art that brings attention to the effects of bullying, Shane Koyczan is this week’s Man of the Week at Chubstr. Learn more about him, find tour dates, and purchase his books at ShaneKoyczan.com. Catch Shane on Twitter at @Koyczan.