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Published on May 12, 2015
National award-winning slam poet Caira Lee speaks to a rapt audience on the power of absolute self-love. Through a beautiful illustration of her own journey through life, Lee demonstrates that your body, size, race, sexual orientation are assets that don’t need fixing, but are characteristics that one should embrace.
Caira Lee first earned recognition as a slam poet while attending Shaker Heights High School. She won first prize in the Cleveland SlamU youth poetry finals in 2011, earning the chance to compete in the national Brave New Voices competition. As a 12th grader in 2012, she placed first in the SlamU finals again and this time traveled with a team to the Brave New Voices competition in California. Her high school classmates voted her Most Likely to Change the World, and she gave the commencement speech at her 2012 graduation. In 2013, she won a spot on Cleveland’s Lake Effect Poetry adult slam team and competed at the National Poetry Slam in Boston. The same year, she began studying at the College of Wooster, where she majors in Political Science and Religious Studies. She founded and coaches Wooster’s first slam team, Know Eye Slam.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx