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Poet, Peace Advocate, Public Speaker

Mandy Kahn is a poet and peace advocate based in Los Angeles.

Kahn is the author of two collections of poems—Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Time—both from London-based poetry press Eyewear. Her work has been included in the Best American Poetry anthology series, and in former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated column American Life in Poetry.

In addition to writing books, Kahn regularly presents immersive poems: live works of literature that incorporate performance, audience participation and musical technique. In 2019, Kahn presented a program of immersive and interactive poems at the Getty Museum; her Getty presentation was called “Gateways to Peace,” and was performed by a cast of seven actors and three opera singers.

Kahn is the Writer-in-Residence at the Philosophical Research Society, a center for spiritual discourse founded in 1934 by wisdom scholar Manly P. Hall. She teaches a free, weekly online class on the nature of peace for the PRS called Peace Class, and regularly presents peace-building concerts on the grounds that features poetry, classical music and immersive performance.

She is the subject of Courtney Sell’s feature-length documentary “Peace Piece: The Immersive Poems of Mandy Kahn,” which was released by Indie Pix, and is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and elsewhere, and is also available as a DVD.

Kahn often collaborates to make new works that combine poetry and classical music. She’s made several works with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, including the opera Modern Odysseus. She was also a librettist for MacArthur grantee Yuval Sharon’s mobile opera Hopscotch.

She has given readings at Cambridge University, the London Review Bookshop and Shoreditch House in the UK, at Motto in Berlin, at Colette in Paris, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, at the New School in New York, at the Barrick Museum in Las Vegas, and at many venues in Southern California.

Kahn has been interviewed by BBC Radio, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Flaunt magazine, among others, and she is the recipient of the 2018 Shakespeare Prize in Poetry. The Shakespeare Prize is awarded annually to a poet or playwright based in the county of Los Angeles; other recipients include Tom Stoppard, Ray Bradbury and Dana Gioia.

Kahn is part of the Peace Quartet, a group of four peace advocates that speak as a group. In the quartet, she’s joined by Dot Maver, co-founder of the National Peace Academy and the Global Silent Minute, Fumi Johns Stewart, Director of May Peace Prevail on Earth International, and Michael Lindfield, Board President of Meditation Mount.

Mandy Kahn lives in Los Angeles, where she was also born and raised. She holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and considers herself profoundly Californian.

All evolution is towards the expression of your peaceful and loving inherent nature. If you are not yet experiencing that nature, then you are still learning. If you are experiencing that nature now, you have already learned.

 — Mandy Kahn

Mandy presents an immersive villanelle at the Getty Museum

Mandy's program "Gateways to Peace" at the Getty Museum

Mandy conducts performers at the Getty Museum

The audience participates in Mandy's immersive poem Bridge Piece at the Getty Museum

The audience forming a bridge in Mandy's Bridge Piece at the Getty Museum

Performer Christine Wood presents Mandy's text as part of Bridge Piece at the Getty Museum

An audience member receives their line of Mandy's immersive villanelle at the Getty Museum

Mandy's peace-generating Beach Ball Piece at the Getty Museum

The audience participates in Mandy's Beach Ball Piece at the Getty Museum


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Mandy Kahn reading at London Review Bookshop


immersive Bubble Piece at Neuehouse LA

Mandy's headphone-based poetry reading at Neuehouse, Los Angeles

Reading at Neuehouse, Los Angeles

Reading at Neuehouse, Los Angeles

Audience watches as Mandy reads, Neuehouse, Los Angeles

Flyer for Mandy's event at the Getty Museum


Download Mandy’s press kit below.



To request an interview with Mandy, or to hire her to speak at your event, please email media@mandykahn.com