The Forum with Sarah Kay and Redwing Keyssar

October 22, 2017

9:30 am

Our 2017 Artist in Residence, best-selling author and international performer Sarah Kay, will explore creativity as a path to empathy and a way to transform grief with Redwing Keyssar, Director of Palliative Care at Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

And on October 15 at The Forum she will share her passion for inspiring children to find their voice through her organization Project Voice.

About the guests

Sarah Kay hails from New York City and has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was 14 years old. She was a featured poet on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam in 2006, and that year she was also the youngest poet to compete in the National Poetry Slam. Since then, Sarah has shared her poetry in venues and classrooms around the world. She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference that has been viewed over ten million times. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Brown University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. Her first book, “B” was ranked #1 Poetry Book on Amazon. “No Matter the Wreckage,” is also an Amazon Bestseller in American Poetry. Other poems and articles have been published in CURA Magazine, The Writer Magazine, Thrush, Treehouse Magazine, Union Station Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many more. She has performed for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the United Nations. 

Judith Redwing Keyssar has traversed an amazing journey during the infancy and evolution of Palliative Care. As an RN with 25 years of experience in Oncology, Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, she is also an author, poet, teacher, national presenter and frequent contributor to the public debate about Palliative Care. Redwing has served as the Director of a unique community-based Palliative Care program at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in San Francisco since 2007 and as an adjunct faculty member of the California State University Institute of Palliative Care.  She is also an adjunct member of the UCSF Symptom Management Service. Redwing spent 2 years studying Poetic Medicine with poet John Fox and uses poetry with groups and individuals as a healing modality.


About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith, ethics and culture in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with The Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.


Gresham Hall


Free and open to all


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