I have to talk with my daughter about racism now | Miles Merrill

Miles Merrill

TEDxSydney 2018 · 15 June 2018

By choosing to create this talk, Miles Merrill faced the tough decision to discuss the n-word and racism with his eight-year old daughter. After an awkward formal chat, he decided the best way to explain would be through a poem where he introduced Superwoman to kryptonite.

The first time she heard his poem was through watching this video. Award-winning performing writer Miles Merrill brought poetry slams to Australia from Chicago.

He’s the founder and Creative Director of the literary arts organisation Word Travels.

Miles’ many incarnations have led him to spit spoken words to beats in Brooklyn house parties; do a solo show at the Sydney Opera House; host Australian Poetry Slam on ABC TV; loop live poetry at an Audio Art Festival in Krakow and a field in Forbes, performing for farmers. His unique experiences include getting 5000 Indian students to wriggle like aliens, asking audiences to read out poems by detained refugees and inspiring ASEAN university students to write and perform group poetry.

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