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Emanating passion both on the printed page and on stage, APB's poetry and spoken word speakers have inspired countless audiences while playing key roles in movements for social change. Their energetic presentations and keynotes are guaranteed to invigorate, inspire, and create an enduring memory for audiences.

Poetry & Spoken Word

Poet & Actor

The subject of the acclaimed documentary Lemon, speaker Lemon Andersen is taking the world of spoken word by storm with plays such as "ToasT" and "County of Kings."

Spoken Word Artist

Saul Williams has defined and redefined poetry as an accessible and living art form. Who he is and what he does vary by mod, mood and mode of expression. He does much more than write, act and perform: He is a true artist.

Poet, Educator & Best-Selling Author

Since bursting onto the scene as a passionate, influential force in the Black Arts Movement almost 40 years ago, Giovanni remains one of the commanding voices gracing America’s political and poetic landscape today. Her latest collection, ...

Poet / Musician / Social Educator

A cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, speaker Mohammed Bilal is a musician, poet and diversity consultant.

Actor / Writer / Spoken Word Poet

Joe Hernandez-Kolski, aka "Pocho Joe," is committed to creating work that challenges the audience while it entertains. He combines poetry, comedy and his unique socio-political "Chicagoan" point of view to create a performance that embraces the...

Poet, Professor & Activist

Speaker Sonia Sanchez authored the American Book Award winner Homegirls and Handgrenades. She speaks on a variety of topics from racial justice to hip-hop.

Author, The Color Purple

A gifted and prolific novelist as well as a leading voice among African American women writers, speaker Alice Walker authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple.

Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist

Slam poet Black Ice was discovered by Russell Simmons and went on to appear in five episodes of HBO's Def Poetry Jam.

Poet / Performer / Filmmaker

Author of "Reinventing the Enemy's Language" and "Women Who Fell From the Sky". Recording artist with her band Poetic Justice.

CEO, Commissioned Poet & Author, Millennial Advocate

Azure Antoinette has written poems for Maria Shriver and the American Cancer Society, speaking on universal human issues. Using performance poetry to explore the effects of technology on culture, her work...

Writer, Humanitarian & President of BK Nation

As a talented political activist, poet, journalist, essayist, hip-hop historian, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Powell is widely considered one of America's most important voices in these early years of the 21st Century. An astute and...

Cross-Cultural Performance

In The Color Orange, long-time friends Mohammed Bilal and Josh "Boac" Goldstein challenge American notions by offering a vibrant new look at race, racism and how we get along.

Poet, Spoken Word Artist & Media Personality

With a master's in African American studies & experience in entertainment, Amanda Diva has made a name for herself as a respected voice on pop culture, women's issues & the Black Diaspora.

Poetic Voice

As the world’s leading Poetic Voice, Sekou creates powerful poetic presentations that give voice to the missions of organizations and help them tell their most powerful stories. He is the creator of poetic voice - a new, cutting-edge speaking...

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