an ‘every month is Black History month’ conversation with Tantra Zawadi about her new show “Black Power Baby Blues” which will air on Sunday, February 28, 2021, 6PM (EDT) via Zoom.
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TANTRA-zawadi – 2020 Brooklyn Arts Fund Grantee

Tantra-zawadi, is the author of three books of poetry (“alifepoeminprogress” published by Chuma Spirit Books, “Gathered at Her Sky,” and “Bubbles:  One Conscious Breath,” published by Poets Wear Prada).  She is an educator, international performance poet, and has presented to standing room audiences around the world. 

Tantra-zawadi has performed original works off-Broadway including the staged reading of To Face It; and featured at The Badilisha Poetry X-Change Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, The New York Public Library at Lincoln Center,  The American Museum of Natural History, The Montserrat Poetry Festival, The Daniel Sorano National Theatre in Dakar, Senegal, Never Again Royal Night in the UK, The Great Falls International  Word Festival, The Austin International Poetry Festival and the Amsterdam Dance Event, just to name a few.

Tantra-zawadi is a 2020 Brooklyn Arts Fund Grantee for her forthcoming project “Black Power Baby Blues,” a pushcart Prize nominee for her poem “Girl,” a member of the spoken word trio Precious Gift, recipient of the Kings County District Attorney’s Women’s History Month Award; and in 2014, received the honor of Pan African Princess.  She has also garnered residences at Smith College with the Senegal-America Project, and as a participant in E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency. As a mentor for the Girl-Child Network Worldwide, she is donating a portion of the proceeds from her books to GCN.

Tantra-zawadi performs regularly with The Senegal-America Project, is a poetry and creative writing workshop facilitator, and appears in several global music compilations, anthologies and publications including Essence Magazine. She is the director of two short documentaries, and her poem and video “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product(RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Works in progress include several spoken word collaborations, dramatic stage performances, a new book of poetry “Okay Baby” dedicated to her late father, and the newly released “Word 2 Word” poetry E-book with the Senegal-America Project.

Derin Young is a cultural programmer, independent producer and creator of the audioPERKULATOR