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Expressing what can't be said with words | Carrie Rudzinski | TEDxChristchurch
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Expressing what can't be said with words | Carrie Rudzinski | TEDxChristchurch

Carrie Rudzinski knows what it means to be searingly honest, using her poetry to explore who she is, what she's lived through and what she believes in. In this powerful and emotional performance, Carrie shares two of her poems, and walks us through an exercise to find that searingly honest place within ourselves. Carrie Rudzinski is a renowned poet, performance artist, filmmaker, teacher and feminist. Born in Illinois, USA, Rudzinski has performed in 6 countries as well as nearly every state in the USA. In 2016 Rudzinski was the performance director for Rising Voices of Youth Poetry Trust, a spoken word poetry development programme for youth in New Zealand. Since 2013 she has been the national coordinator for the New Zealand Poetry Slam. She currently works as the programme coordinator for ‘The Young Writers Programme' at the Michael King Writer’s Centre, and is a Creative Writing and Performance Lecturer at the Manukau Institute of Technology. In 2019, she won the Pussy Riot award at the Auckland Fringe Festival for her performance in Long Distance Phone Calls and performed at a Pussy Riot show. Rudzinski has published four collections of poetry: A History of Silence, The Endless Return Home, The Shotgun Speaks, and The Blood Mouth. Her work has also been published in numerous anthologies. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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