Imani Cezanne

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Imani Cezanne is an American activist and spoken word poet. She is the founding president of President of S.P.E.A.K. (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds).[1]


Slam teams[edit]

Cezanne has been on multiple National Poetry Slam teams including: Da Poetry Lounge,[5] San Diego Slam Team, Oakland Slam Team, Elevated!, Golden State Slam, Berkeley Poetry Slam, and Busboys and Poets Beltway.[4][6]

She was on the 2018 Root Slam team for the 2018 National Poetry Slam.

Notable performances[edit]


"Heels" was originally filmed by All Def Poetry during her performance of the piece at the Da Poetry Lounge.[7] Later, Cezanne performed the piece again at the Ill List Slam Poetry Invitational in December 2014.[8][9]


Cezanne performed "Protest" at the 2015 National Poetry Slam.[10]

"Angry Black Woman"[edit]

Cezanne performed "Angry Black Woman" at the Da Poetry Lounge in 2015.[10][11]

"Hunger Games"[edit]

Originally performed at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas.[12] It was filmed by Button Poetry and uploaded to YouTube.

Early life[edit]

Cezanne was born and raised in San Diego, CA.


  1. ^ Riley, Ricky (2016-03-28). "Woman Shares Harrowing Story About 'Flying While Black'". Atlanta Black Star. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  2. ^ "Women Of The World Poetry Slam". Citizens Of Culture. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  3. ^ "Women of the World: Voice Becomes Fire Part II. - Spit Journal". Spit Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  4. ^ a b "Congratulations to our Newly Crowned WOWps Co-Champions, Imani Cezanne and Emi Mahmoud! – Poetry Slam Inc". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  5. ^ "2013 National Poetry Slam finals at the Berklee Performance Center". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  6. ^ "Imani Cezanne | PSi Scores [beta]". Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  7. ^ "How Tall Women in Heels Demolish Misogyny - Everyday Feminism". Everyday Feminism. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  8. ^ Vagianos, Alanna (2015-01-08). "This Is For Every Tall Girl Who Loves To Wear Heels". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  9. ^ Cueto, Emma. "For All the Tall Girls Who Love Their Heels". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  10. ^ a b "23 Resistance Poems to Express Your Rage". BOOK RIOT. 2018-07-11. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  11. ^ DaPoetryLounge (2015-09-14), Imani Cezanne - Angry Black Woman, retrieved 2018-08-21
  12. ^ Saul, Isaac (2014-05-09). "Spoken-Word Poet Spears 'Hunger Games' With Her Own Story". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-21.