Inspired by the work of Katie Makkai

One of my highlights of the weekend was meeting spoken word genius, Katie Makkai at the NOW National Conference. Who among other things is famous for her slam poetry piece, “Pretty”. Watching Katie perform in front of hundreds of women (and a few men) was so moving. I wish I could bottle up the energy that she filled the room with and share her passion, warmth, acceptance and empowerment with anyone who has ever felt lost. Her work is powerful, beautiful and motivating. If you have not seen “Pretty” check it out here and if you have; watch it again and feel inspired all over.

Add to the long list of things I would like to be when I grow up, brave like Katie Makkai.   

Slam poetry events can offer culture, expression, awareness, outreach and unity all wrapped into one inspiring night. Are you brining your community together to enact change through spoken word events? We would love to hear about them! Hit us up at so we can share your happenings and successes with the One Student community.



Kelly Addington is a Co-Founder of One Student


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  1. Maureen
    Posted July 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    “Pretty” amazing! A great piece.

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