Shane Koyczan
Bullying Survivor
Male | Penticton, BC   Canada
Bullied a lot as a kid
Bullying Type: Emotional
Posted By: TAKE1
1/30/13 11:35 AM
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When defining poet Shane Koyczan, you might mention his performance at the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies. But he is more than a Penticton, B.C.-based spoken-word superstar. You might say what defines him is something as simple as his childhood. More than just hockey and fishing, in the true north of Yellowknife it was a childhood of being bullied. His new work When I Was a Kid, which has its world premiere this week in Vancouver, tells the story of those rocky but - surprise - also pleasing years. With Koyczan's first-rate track record, it promises to be an experiment going right - and not for a change.

I got bullied a lot when I was a kid, and because of that I thought for the most part that I didn't really have a childhood - I had to grow up so quick and there was no real enjoyment in that for me. And it hasn't been until recently that I've been looking back. When something's painful, you just avoid it. Why bother dredging up the past if it's nothing but bad stuff? But in the last little while I've actually been looking back on my childhood and finding what I'm starting to call my ice-cream moments, moments of joyfulness - and realizing that I did have a childhood. As much as I spent most of it dodging pitfalls, there were moments in between that were extremely lovely.

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Name: Shane Koyczan
Age: 45
Country: Canada
Location: Penticton, BC
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