Shane Koyczan takes poetry to a new level with his world-renowned spoken word performances. He skillfully and rhythmically addresses important social topics, such as bullying, depression, family issues and other personal and political problems, in a relatable and forward-thinking way. Koyczan will be performing three shows in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis on March 16, 17 and 18. Koyczan’s achievements include a powerful and inspirational viral video project about bullying called “To This Day” (which has over 20 million YouTube views, to date), four published books, a TED Talk, championship wins at the National Slam Poetry Championship and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics, a highly lauded appearance at the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics and more. You can expect his performances to be honest, compassionate and sprinkled with humor. A strong and thought-provoking anti-bullying message will be evident, as Koyczan first brings attention to these serious issues, and then suggests possible solutions for violence and bullying in schools and other social situations. The shows starts at 8 p.m. (all three evenings), and all ages are welcome to attend. Tickets are available online at Mondaviarts.org, and UC Davis students and staff may be eligible for discounted ticket prices.