Who is… Guante?



As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women’s Center will host Guante, also known as Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the State Ballroom, Talley Student Union. Please join us for this very special evening.

From his official bio:

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist, educator and writer based in Minneapolis. He has performed everywhere from the United Nations to the Soundset Hip Hop Festival to countless colleges, universities, clubs, theaters and rallies across the U.S., and his work has been featured on Upworthy, Welcome to Night Vale, Everyday Feminism, BBC Radio 6 Music, MSNBC, Button Poetry and beyond.

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 push boundaries in terms of both form and substance. Unapologetically social justice-minded, he’s shared stages with artists like Talib Kweli, Saul Williams, Andrea Gibson, Brother Ali, Dead Prez, Patricia Smith and many more. Guante also serves as a teaching artist on the rosters of COMPAS and TruArtSpeaks, engaging in writing and performance residencies with youth, as well as regularly facilitating workshops and classes that use art as a jumping-off point for deeper conversations about identity, power, empathy and agency.

Guante also just completed his master’s studies at the University of Minnesota with a focus on the intersections of spoken word, critical pedagogy and social justice education.