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Imani Cezanne reading and in conversation with Tshaka Campbell

April 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT


Co-sponsored by The Center for Literary Arts of San José

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Meeting ID: 831 7139 8605 Passcode: 674247

Imani Cezanne is a Black writer, performer and tamale connoisseur living in Oakland, CA. In March she became the 2020 Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion for the second time and in July of the same year she was named a 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship finalist. As a two time Pushcart Prize Nominee, Imani has forthcoming work in Nimrod, Fugue, Red Wheelbarrow, Crab Creek Review, and POETRY magazine. While all are welcome to enjoy her work, Imani writes for Black people, Black readers and is committed to the liberation of all oppressed people.

Imani is a recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s 2020 Writer’s Corp Teaching Artist in Residence Grant, a $40,000 award granted every year for three years to create spoken word poetry programming for the youth of San Francisco. Throughout her teaching career, Imani has taught Creative Writing and Spoken Word in over 40 middle and high schools across the country, using both a short and long-term residency models. Each lesson is designed to fit the needs of the students, the length of the residency and meet intended learning outcomes. Imani has also coached poetry slam teams at San Francisco State University, Mills College, American University and Georgetown University. She is currently a Teaching Artist with YouthSpeaks, SFJAZZ, The Museum of African Diaspora and Performing Arts Workshop. This event will be moderated by Tshaka Campbell.

Tshaka Campbell is a husband and father as well as accomplished artist and performer. His appears in print and national commercials and he conducts lectures and facilitates workshops in creative writing and poetry. He was voted one of the 25 people to know in San Francisco, holds two Grand Slam titles and was a finalist for the 2020 Santa Clara Poet Laureate honor. Tshaka is an author of “STUFF – I will write more “, “MUTED WHISPERS” and “TUNNEL VISION as well as collaborated on a number of musical projects in the House, Jazz and Blues genres. His literary work has appeared in journals and reviews such as 2 Bridges Review, Tribe Magazine and others. He currently resides in San Jose and continues to ask the world to “Listen Different.”



April 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
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