RAPPER // POET // EDUCATOR
Zohab Khan is an educator, spoken word poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player and hip-hop artist. Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking out the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014. That same year he was also runner up in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid.
Zohab has performed and conducted poetry workshops in over 30 countries across the world and is the co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. His first collection of poetry “I Write” reached best-seller status within 5 months of its launch.
He has made appearances at the Sydney, Auckland, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Byron Bay, Bellingen, Ubud (Indonesia), Bookworm Literary (China), Sunshine Coast, Darwin and National Young Writers Festivals. As well as performing at various music festivals including the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival in 2016.
As an educator, Zohab’s poetry and self-development workshops are in high demand and he has conducted over a thousand workshops in institutions worldwide. His workshops aim to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and brain hacks. With the incorporation of self- development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self- expression but also one to inspire change, acceptance and increase creativity.
As a 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having been raised in rural NSW, Zohab has channeled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to bullying and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.
Zohab Zee Khan has little in common with the dead white male poets students commonly meet at high school....he delivers his lines with the rhythm and physicality of a rapper.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Zohab is an incredible teacher, he is humble, creative and has the most inspiring presence... Students, particularly young men, learn so much from his poetry and generosity.
Dr. Tamryn Bennett, Red Room Company
Zohab has the perfect mix of passion, imagination and intellect to win over crowds, students or anyone within earshot of his spoken word... Zohab has been phenomenal in our workshops and has won roars from our audiences.
Miles Merrill, Australian Poetry Slam
Zohab also demonstrated his prowess on the didgeridoo and harmonica, both of which he taught himself how to play. As a one-man variety show, Zohab used his props not just for entertainment, but to reinforce his message that anyone can do whatever they set their mind to. This is a very powerful and effective message, especially for teens.
Douglas Glenn, Suzhou Singapore International School
Inspirational, positive, self motivated and a true visionary.
Thank you for the amazing job you did teaching me and my peers. We are so lucky to have been taught by such a great poet.
Year 9 Student, Xavier High School, Albury NSW
“I believe his performance was best suited to my age group, as we are all going through changes and are starting to make our own decisions and opinions on the people and world around us. He also taught us his strategies on dealing with bullying and discrimination.”
Michael, Year 8 , Nanjing International School
“The students and staff TOTALLY enjoyed Zohab!!! Thank you so very much! I've had 6 Year 6 boys come asking for poetry books and reading 'prose' novels - where the whole novel is a poem. Sensational result!”
Lea Tracy Horan, Teacher, Tacking Point Public School
“In performance, he prowls and growls and hisses and grins, bends his body like a coat-hanger into various unlikely shapes, and seems to live his poems through his limbs.”
Mark Dapin, Journalist , Sydney Morning Herald
“...generally when teachers say you have to go to a performance you often expect it to be boring, but this is the best performance I’ve seen.” Chanel
Chanel, Year 9 , Kinross Wolaroi School