Imani Cezanne is a highly acclaimed writer, performer, teaching artist, and poetry slam coach. Rooted in her experiences as a Black woman, Imani Cezanne’s work digs deep into the silenced themes of race, gender, sexuality and privilege to become a catalyst for social justice and change. As a nationally touring spoken word poet, Imani has been invited to travel all over the country to share her work at poetry venues, colleges, universities, conferences, festivals and more. Imani has won 5 Grand Slam Championships, placed in the top 10 at 5 World Poetry Slams and has appeared on three major network television shows. In 2016, she became a Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-Champion and published her first chapbook with Belladonna Press.

Teaching Artist

Imani Cezanne 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 model. 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, Performing Arts Workshop, Oakland's Museum of Children’s Arts and America Scores.

Commissioned Writer & Event Consultant

Imani has been commissioned to write for Common Sense Media, Sutter Health, People's Television and Courvoisier, among others. She has also consulted with and curated events for Busboys and Poets DC, SFJAZZ's annual poetry festival and Poetry Slam Inc., hosts of the largest Individual Poetry Slam in the world. Imani guarantees original work with a creative edge designed for the uniqueness of you, your business and your goals. 

Invited Academic Performances & Workshops

  • American University 
  • Bridgewater State University
  • CSU San Marcos
  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU East Bay 
  • Carleton College
  • Davidson University
  • Dominican University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University 
  • Howard University ​
  • Mira Costa College
  • Mills College
  • Smith College
  • San Diego State University
  • San Jose State University 
  • San Francisco State University 
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Irvine
  • UC San Diego 
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Washington
  • University of Connecticut 
  • University of Montana
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Washington University
  • Whitman College

Notable Poetry Slam Titles

  • 2010 San Diego Poetry Slam Team 
  • 2011 San Diego Poetry Slam Team 
  • 2012 Golden State Poetry Slam Team 
  • 2013 Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team 
  • 2013 Inkslam Regional Champion
  • 2013 National Poetry Slam, 2nd Place 
  • 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 2nd Place
  • 2014 Berkeley Grand Slam Champion
  • 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, 9th Place 
  • 2015 San Diego Poetry Slam Team Member
  • 2015 San Diego Grand Slam Champion 
  • 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, 5th Place  
  • 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-Champion
  • 2016 D.C. Beltway Poetry Slam Team 
  • 2016 D.C. Grand Slam Champion
  • 2018 Oakland Root Slam Poetry Slam Team

Selected Professional Features

  • Busboys and Poets, DC
  • Spit Dat, D.C. 
  • Slam Richmond, VA
  • Dallas Poetry Slam, TX
  • Fortworth Poetry Slam, TX
  • Austin Poetry Slam, TX
  • Austin Neo Soul, TX
  • Killeen Poetry Slam, TX
  • Portland Poetry Slam, OR
  • Seattle Poetry Slam, WA
  • Spokane Poetry Slam, WA
  • Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY
  • Urbana Poetry Slam, NY
  • White Plains Library, NY
  • Elevated!, CA
  • Fly Poet, CA
  • Lyrical Exchange, CA
  • Lionlike Mindstate, CA
  • Berkeley Poetry Slam, CA
  • Oakland Poetry Slam, CA
  • Da Poetry Lounge, CA
  • Berkeley Poetry Slam
  • Oakland Poetry Slam
  • Mercury Cafe, CO
  • Denver Nuba, CO
  • The Bohemia Room, FL