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.
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.
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.