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SHANE KOYCZAN with Thadra Sheridan

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar Presents

SHANE KOYCZAN with Thadra Sheridan

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages


$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show

This is a seated show with general admission, first-come-first-served seating. The Cedar is happy to reserve seats for patrons who require special seating accommodations. To request seating or other access accommodations, please go to our Access page.

General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows. 

With biting honesty and a riveting stage presence, 29-year-old Vancouver spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is quickly obliterating all the rules of poetry and forging his own literary path.
— The Quill and Quire


Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video “To This Day” which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version “For the Bullied and the Beautiful” to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California.

Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.

Visit Shane Koyczan’s Website

Shane Koyczan performing “Places,” courtesy of Shane Koyczan’s YouTube channel.

About Thadra Sheridan

Thadra Sheridan is a poet, essayist, columnist, teacher, and performer from Minneapolis, MN.  She has been published in the Star and Tribune, the Skyway News, Moxie Magazine, Rattle, and several anthologies. She has won awards for her writing from the Faulkner Society and the National League of American Pen Women. Her work has been featured on the final episode of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Minnesota Public Radio, UpWorthy,Button Poetry, and venues across the country, including San Quentin Penitentiary, where she scored serious points talking about her terrible taste in men. She has been a member of four National Poetry Slam Teams,  featured at ForWord Girls, the first ever all-female spoken word festival in San Francisco and won LA’s first all-female Redhots Slam. She was the recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation's Verve grant for spoken word, and writes a weekly column for the online Op-Ed magazine, Opine Season.  Thadra is currently working on a memoir and a series of humorous essays about contemporary culture.   If it has hurt, she will find a way to laugh at it.  She is snarky, clever as hell, and a little bit evil.  She charges for pity, and she's sick of waiting tables.

Thadra has performed at hundreds of colleges, high schools, juvenile detention centers, and badass venues across the country, from the Conga Room in LA to the Bowery in New York to the Walker Modern Art Center in Minneapolis.  Her scathing, hilarious, autobiographical work has won her countless poetry slams in dozens of cities, including Berkeley's coveted $1000 .  She is a two-time Minneapolis Grand Slam Champion, and coached the Berkeley Slam Team to 6th place at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, TX.

With a background in theater and stand-up comedy, Thadra is a seasoned and meticulously dynamic performer.  She has taught workshops in writing and performance in scores of colleges, high schools, libraries, community centers. She orchestrated a city-wide 3-month program in 8 Minneapolis community youth centers where she wrote the curriculum, trained the teachers, taught two workshops herself, and organized a final poetry slam at Minneapolis' acclaimed Walker Modern Art Museum.  She taught a 3-month residency in North Minneapolis' Patrick Henry High School's ESL program to a primarily Hmong and Liberian student body.  She runs yearly workshops at the National Poetry Slam in comedy and performance.  Her workshops have helped to form a formidible number of national champions.

She was a finalist for the Nation's annual prize for poetry, and reigns in Rattle's online top ten viewed poems of all time 7,  She can drink you under the table, and make you laugh your ass off while she does it.


Thadra Sheridan performing “Waiting” courtesy of Button Poetry’s YouTube channel.