Raised in a California beach town by a Japanese mother and Jewish-American father, Phil first fell in love with spoken word poetry at age 17. He has performed in hundreds of venues in fifteen countries. In 2015, Phil was invited to perform alongside His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. His work has been viewed online over 10 million times and featured in media outlets ranging from NPR to Al Jazeera America to Upworthy.com. Phil is a graduate of Brown University and the co-director of Project VOICE.