Imani Davis
Photo Courtesy of Karen Yang

Photo Courtesy of Karen Yang

poet. educator. scholar.

Imani Davis is a queer Black writer from Brooklyn. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, they are a recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary, The Mellon Foundation, and the Stadler Center for Poetry. They are currently earning their B.A. in English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Imani’s poetry has appeared with PBS News Hour, The Offing, The Adroit Journal, Best of the Net, The Rumpus, TEDx, ROOKIE Magazine, Voices of the East Coast (Penmanship Books, 2016), and elsewhere.

Notably, they have performed at the Teen Vogue Activism Summit, the Apollo Theater, Brave New Voices (as seen on HBO), Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Monument, and the Nuyorican Poets Café.

Imani serves as the Outreach Coordinator at the Kelly Writers House, where they work to allocate resources to the larger West Philadelphia literary community.

Their forthcoming debut collection interrogates the queer Black figure’s relationship to indulgence.

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This is where the word is going.
— Patricia Smith