poet. educator. scholar.
Imani Davis is a queer Black writer from Brooklyn. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, they are a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow, Mellon Mays Fellow, and Stadler Center for Literary Arts Undergraduate Fellow. They are currently earning their B.A. in English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Their poetry has appeared with PBS News Hour, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, BET, TEDx, The Rumpus, ROOKIE, Winter Tangerine, and Voices of the East Coast (Penmanship Books, 2016), and elsewhere.
Notably, they have performed at the Apollo Theater, the Teen Vogue Activism Summit, 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 centers the personal and political stakes of the Black queer interior.
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