Dank P.H.A.R.T the Pirate Poet
Dank P.H.A.R.T. (Pretty Hot And Really Talented) The Pirate Poet A.K.A Matthew Bovard is a community organizer and cultural instigator based in Boulder, CO. With his words he calls forth humanity to find its heart as it journeys into balance with its environment. His work focuses on spiritual cultural transformation and is a call to action for self-empowerment. With an extensive interest in philosophy, alternative medicine, regenerative culture, conscious business practice, psychedelics, yoga, new relationship models, sexual empowerment and a deep thirst for knowledge he makes a great guest for podcasts - Dank’s message is sure to permeate your heart and engage your mind. He takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery, daring you to not just dream a better future, but to help create it!
Growing up in Fairfield, IA, a small rural farm town that is also the epicenter of Transcendental Meditation in the U.S., he was exposed to many different world views. This cosmopolitan experience reflects deeply in his work and he walks his path as an artist to help heal the broken wounds among nations so we can all rise together as the ancient rainbow tribe of all colors, creeds and orientations.
He studied theater and English at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. In 2009 he graduated with a B.A. in theater and a minor in English. September, 16, 2011 he moved to Boulder, CO where he started organizing conscious community events with the Bloom Network . In 2013, he and some friends founded StarWater Wednesday - a weekly art event that includes live interviews, open mic and featured music that brings together Boulder’s local creative community to collaborate and network. During this same time he got into graduate school for poetry at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. After 2 months in the program he dropped out because his career was taking off with his work at StarWater Magick Productions.
Dank has been a part of the StarWater Community since 2013, sharing poetry and performance from many platforms including ARISE Music Festival’s StarWater Stage, Sonic Bloom Music Festival, and other local events across the front range. In 2014, he spearheaded a poetry program on the StarWater Stage @ ARISE, with Headline Poet feature Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Over many years working with StarWater, Dank has MC’d and shared the bill with renowned musicians including as Amani of Desert Dwellers, The Human Experience, and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival. He has been a regular feature on Boulder’s community radio station 88.5 KGNU for Buddha Bomb’s show “under the floorboards.”
Poetry is an easy art to add to any event. It’s easy for a poet to be flexible in time and there is minimal sound requirements making it easy to interface with the sound team. To add a unique offering to your event that will make it stand out from the crowd book Dank P.H.A.R.T. The Pirate Poet.