We caught up with incredible poets slash art facilitators slash awesome humans Ken Arkind and Jon Sands during their recent tour of the UK and Ireland, and got a funny, yet, in-depth chat about their views on the nature of performance poetry and the importance of promoting art in underprivileged areas, PLUS some of their own excellent work. We had a total blast with these guys, can’t wait to catch up with them again, and I thoroughly recommend you look up more of their work on the YouTube.

Ken is a National Poetry Slam Champion, and full time touring artist (who I first met in Melbourne) and who has performed across the US, been published in numerous anthologies. Jon is a full-time teaching & performing artist. His first full collection of poems, The New Clean, was released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing. He is currently the Director of Poetry Education at the Positive Health Project.

If you want to hear some uplifting work and remind yourself why we do this stuff in the first place, listen in.