#25. Amal Kassir: A Spoken Word Poet
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Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American, international spoken word poet. If you asked Amal to describe herself in 3 words, she would say ‘Story-Telling Activist’

Amal has spoken in 10 countries and over 70 cities in venues ranging from youth prisons to orphanages, universities to refugee camps. She is widely known for her famous Ted Talk, ‘The Muslim on the airplane’, which has over 3 million views on Youtube alone!

The Denver-born poet has lost countless members of her family to the violence in Syria in the last eight years. Amal feels that it is pertinent to write about the injustices to her people in the form of spoken word.

In this episode, Amal shares with us her story, where her passion to speak about injustice stems from and why she channelled her energy towards poetry, to speak about the ones who are not spoken for.

We also talk about the art of storytelling and how you can become a better storyteller. Amal shares an experience of failure and what she learnt from it and also provides some useful tips on engaging with your community.

We hope you like this powerful episode.

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