The Powerful Role of Teachers in Helping Teens Discover Their Voice.

The Powerful Role of Teachers in Helping Teens Discover Their Voice.

By Sloane Reali in Santa Barbara Public Speaking Coach, Santa Barbara Vocal Coaching

J. Ivy is an American performance poet, spoken word artist, recording artist, and author. This is his story of how his teacher was instrumental in helping him find his confidence to express his voice.

In his new memoir, Dear Father, J. Ivy describes the pain of being abandoned by his father. But the book is not just about that relationship and what might have been. It's a retracing of a unique career, and what it took for Ivy to get to the place he is today. A Grammy Award-winning poet and spoken-word artist, Ivy is also the author of the bookHERE I AM: Then & Now and has collaborated with Kanye West and Jay-Z.

He tells NPR's Rachel Martin that his path to becoming a writer was a long one — and it began back in high school, when teacher asked him to read a poem called "There Once Was a Cloud."

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