Born and raised in San Diego, California, Imani Cezanne is a highly acclaimed writer, performer, teaching artist, and poetry slam coach. Rooted in her experiences as a young, Black, woman, Imani Cezanne’s work digs deep into the silenced themes of race, gender, sexuality and privilege to become a catalyst for social justice and change. Cezanne’s work has been featured on esteemed websites such as The Huffington Post, For Harriet, Upworthy, Button Poetry and All Def Digital, Russell Simmons’ most recent Spoken Word YouTube channel. As a nationally touring spoken word artist, Cezanne has traveled to more than 15 states and released two spoken word poetry albums. Cezanne has competed with five teams at the National Poetry Slam and was featured on Season 3 of TV One’s Verses and Flow, a cable television show dedicated to showcasing the best performance poetry in the country. She has made 5 National final stage appearances. In 2014 Cezanne placed 2nd at the Women of the World Poetry Slam and recently returned from Brooklyn as the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion.