About the Instructor
Imani Sims is a spicy Chai tea loving Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has developed an infinitely rippling love for poetry in all of its forms. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani works to empower youth and adults through various writing courses and interdisciplinary shows all over Washington. She is a 2016 CityArtist Grant recipient, Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas curator, and Gay City Arts Fellow where she brought Afrofuturism and Performance Art together for eight shows. Her book (A)live Heart is forthcoming on Sibling Rivalry Press this Fall.
"From performing to hosting to producing to teaching, Imani Sims is a force of nature with the ability to create platforms that bring people together with a particular focus in the LGBT community here in Seattle and beyond. Her creative vision provides opportunities for artists of color to explore their work, themselves and social and political issues within a supportive, nurturing, and much needed space. Her partnerships with numerous organizations in Seattle has led to innovative programming that canít be found anywhere else. Imani Sims is a cultural ambassador, leader and powerhouse in our community!" -Priya Frank, Associate Director for Community Programs, Seattle Art Museum
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