Kat Magill is an author, poet and producer residing in Los Angeles, CA. For over 15 years Kat has inspired audiences with her passion-filled performances challenging the status quo of how the world perceives women in poetry. Kat's career led her to share stages with Emmy winner Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times Best Seller Claudia Rankine, Grammy nominated Ozomatli, and the legendary Sonia Sanchez. Her radical approach to the stage, big screen, and the virtual world of spoken word forged her success as a national touring poet, leading innovator of poetic media and the architect of virtual poetry slam. She wrote and produced her debut film, The Myth, in 2019. Hundreds flocked to witness poetry in theaters and were eager to join the film's call to action to end violence against women. Kat found her 2nd love event producing as an executive director of her non-profit, Say Word. Today she has organized, produced, or consult for festivals around the country engaging audiences through art, exhibits, and performance in partnership with clients such as Community Medical Centers, Brave New Voices, Women of the World Poetry Slam and more.
Kat's performed at hundreds of colleges advocating for equitable education, social justice reform, resources for survivors of domestic violence, and the necessity of arts in healing work. Kat's clients include the NAACP, Wallis Annenberg Foundation, Engaging the Senses, Community Medical Centers, Brave New Voices, and many more. Magill published two poetry collections, "Lay my bones over spilled milk" and "The Myth" as well as produced two coming of age stage plays that premiered at Highways Theater. Kat followed up her solo success as a playwright co-writing a third touring play, Mrs. And the Mistress, in collaboration with Thea Monyee and Crystal Irby. Her expertise for fusing theater, poetry and social justice has consistently captivated audiences across the nation.
In March of 2020 at the height of Covid-19, Kat began Screen Time Slam, a global virtual poetry network, fostering positive social impact through poetry slam. Kat created a viable platform for over 200 world renowned poets from 6 countries. Screen Time raised over $20,000 to put directly into the pockets of poets in dire need during a global pandemic. Screen Time Slam has become one of the most popular virtual slams online and set the new standard for the art of slam.
Strengthening communities is a part of Kat’s DNA. In 2009 Kat founded Say Word, a non-profit organization empowering high-school students through literary arts education. While serving thousands of students across Southern California, Kat authored a spoken word curriculum that integrated California Core Standards, spoken word and socio-emotional learning. As an educator she facilitated professional development for teachers encouraging relationship building through arts education that is culturally equitable and sustainable for the students they serve. Say Word Alumni have been featured on TV Ones’ Verses & Flow, TedTalk, Mitu, The Kennedy Center and attended prestigious universities around the world receiving writing scholarships.
Kat is an unstoppable force Culture Press described as a “relentless driving force you’d be hard-pressed to take your eyes off of.”