Booking



What follows is some basic booking information. Part of my practice is to strive to make each performance, presentation, or workshop align with the needs/goals of its particular audience, so there is a lot of flexibility in what I do. Please do not hesitate to send me an email with what you’re thinking; I can also share a more detailed booking/info sheet with you: elguante@gmail.com

THE BASIC PITCH:
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work has appeared everywhere from the United Nations, to Welcome to Night Vale, to multiple appearances on Upworthy and beyond, and videos of his poems have garnered over ten million views online. Guante also just completed his Masters studies at the University of Minnesota with a focus on the intersections of spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education.

Whether focusing on deconstructing traditional notions of masculinity, challenging dominant narratives related to race and racism, or just telling stories about the different jobs he’s had, Guante performs at colleges, high schools, conferences, festivals and beyond, using spoken word poetry as a jumping-off point for deeper conversations about identity, power, empathy and agency. Sometimes this looks like a single performance, but it often involves more interactive programs-- workshops, class visits, skill-sharing sessions, and more.

A FEW PROGRAM OPTIONS:
  • Colleges and Universities
    • General Format: An hour-long evening performance (including some interactivity and Q&A), plus whatever workshops or class visits can fit on that particular day.
    • Other Options: Extended residencies, first-year orientation programs facilitation, hosting student open mics, presenting Masters research (on how spoken word can be used to make social justice education programs more critical), hip hop performance, and any combination of the above.
    • Workshops: These more interactive/participatory sessions can be tailored to any audience. Some are more arts-focused (like an introduction to spoken word as practice and culture); others more social justice-focused (like a facilitated discussion breaking down the idea of “allyship”); others combine the two impulses (like a workshop on writing “political” poetry, or a workshop exploring the history of how art has intersected with social movements).
  • Conferences
    • Poetic Keynote: In lieu of a traditional keynote speech, this presentation uses a series of poems (plus some commentary between them) to spark critical thinking and discussion on a particular theme or topic.
    • Opening Act: A brief spoken word performance can be a great way to either precede or follow a keynote speaker, bringing a different energy/approach into the space.
    • Workshops: (see above)
  • High Schools and Middle Schools
    • In Minnesota: Guante is currently on the teaching artist rosters of both TruArtSpeaks and COMPAS, and is available for extended residencies, one-time programs/presentations, and in-school performances.
    • Outside Minnesota: Feel free to get in touch directly if you’d like to discuss how Guante can visit your school.
Feel free to get in touch with any ideas, pitches, thoughts or questions: elguante@gmail.com