— Imani Cezanne, National Poetry Slam, 2015

Imani Cezanne, originally from San Diego, is a poet, activist, and educator. Her spoken-word poetry is rooted in her experiences as a Black woman in the world, exploring race (see above), family (see above), violence (see above), injustice (see above), and protest (see above). She is the founding President of S.P.E.A.K. (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds), San Francisco State University’s first poetry-centered organization. She has won many Grand Slam Championships. She was the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Co-Champion, and in March she became the 2020 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion.

[Research Note: Imani Cezanne]