Ian Khadan is a poet, editor, performance coach, and curator. He was born on August 21st, 1986 in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up until the age of 9 in Plaisance, Guyana. Thereafter he immigrated to the United States of America and settled in East Orange, NJ. He attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and earned a BA in English with a creative writing emphasis and minored in Comparative Literature. While at Rutgers, Ian was a founding member of the performance poetry group, the JustUs League, which included fellow poets Omar Holmon, Joseph Thomas, Sherman Williams and later Nate Kostar. Ian also assisted in curating the long running series Verbal Mayhem which after his efforts and under the leadership of, then hosts, Omar Holmon and Joseph Thomas became officially recognized and funded by Rutgers University.
At the age of 21 Ian represented the Loser Slam New Jersey team at the 2008 National Poetry Slam in Madison, WI, later at the age of 23 he'd move on to coach the Urbana Poetry Slam team who represented the Bowery Poetry Club at the 2010 National Poetry Slam in St. Paul, MN. From October 2011 to May 2012, Ian curated the Ginsberg Turn On series at the Bowery Poetry Club; this series served as a fundraiser where 100% of the monies donated went to support artist projects operating out of Naropa University. Ian also curated the Urbana Poetry Slam series for 4 years from August of 2010 to June of 2014. Ian has performed across the East Coast on the college circuit at institutions such as Emerson University, Hampshire College, Sarah Lawrence College; as well as the slam circuit at notable venues such as the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe in NY, Cantab Lounge in Boston, and the Fuze Slam in Philadelphia.
Ian lives in Sunnyside, Queens with his wife Jeanann Verlee. He currently works for Cinesys-Oceana as a Systems Engineer. Feel free to get in touch using the contact function at the bottom right of your browser.