Imani Davis is a nationally acclaimed poet, speaker, editor, educator, and activist. Currently studying English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, they are an alumna of Urban Word NYC, member of The Excelano Project, and Mellon Mays Fellow. Their poetry appears with PBS, BET, TEDx, The Rumpus, ROOKIE, Winter Tangerine, Voices of the East Coast (Penmanship Books, 2016), and elsewhere. Notably, they have performed at 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.
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Since 2012, they have forcefully and intentionally pursued their mission to use poetry as a tool of historical excavation for the betterment of Black queer and femme livelihood. They were Grand Slam Champion at Urban Word NYC's 2016 Youth Poetry Slam and finalist at their 2014 and 2015 Slams, First Runner-Up at the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate Finals, and winner of Brain Mill Press's National Poetry Month Competition. They received a National Silver Medal from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers for their poetry portfolio, "Tar and Feathers ," in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, as well as a Regional Award in the 2014 Scholastic Awards. At Urban Word, they served as a member of the Word Wide Youth Leadership Board for two years, followed by their current position as a Workshop Facilitator.
Through their Community Outreach position at Kelly Writers House, Imani currently facilitates and curates poetry workshops for middle and high school students in West Philadelphia.
Imani is working on their first poetry collection. The manuscript centers mental health, sexual violence, and the politics of memory and survival.