All student poems

The School

Xavier High School is located in Albury, NSW, and committed to continuing and respecting the values of Catholic education. They commit themselves to the preparation of their young students as life-long learners, able to adapt and adjust to the many changes they will face in their future.

The Project

Celebrated Illawara poet Zohab Zee Khan mentored nearly a hundred Year 9 students as the Poet in Residence at Xavier High School from 17th to 21st November. In a series of workshops, Zohab guided the students in different poetry writing activities inspired by The Disappearing learning resource.

The Poet

Zohab Zee Khan

Zohab Khan is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip-hop artist. Zohab has toured Asia, the Middle East and Europe to sell-out crowds. In 2014, Zohab was a finalist in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid and was chosen to participate in an artistic residency in Dubai. 

Zohab offers a unique program combining spoken-word poetry and self-development. With the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also one to inspire change and increase productivity. Zohab has conducted his workshops throughout businesses and schools around the world. 

As an 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having grown up in rural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to gender inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.

I Write (2015) is his first collection of poetry.

Click here to read an article in The Mercury about Zohab's experience at Dapto High School in 2014, including a short video of the workshop.