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: elguante@gmail.com

THE BASIC PITCH:
Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and has been featured on Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and beyond. Garnering over ten million views online, Guante has also performed live at the United Nations, given a TedxTalk, and presented at countless colleges, universities, and conferences.

Whether 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 strives to cultivate a deeper, more critical engagement with social justice issues, one based in both empathy and agency. Guante completed his Masters studies in 2016 at the University of Minnesota with a focus on spoken word, critical pedagogy, and social justice education; in that spirit, his performances use poems as jumping-off points for authentic dialogue and community-building.

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