#WhereWeWrite: Imani Sims

Posted Mon, 4/25/2016 - 3:12pm by  |  Category:

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On Stage: All too often I find myself writing tiny poems in front of an audience. Well, writing may be a bit of a stretch. More like improv poetry. It’s a blast. I love to ask the audience for two words or a topic and spin tiny poems based on the responses. I love engaging the audience with my work. It feeds the energy of the performance and encourages the audience to play!


A Glass, A Chair: Often my next favorite place to write is in my living room in a plush purple chair, with a blanket and a mimosa. Classic writer style.  I find that writing at home allows me to focus on crafting language and not on the eventual performance of a piece—even though I constantly edit in my head for performance.

Imani Sims is a stiletto-loving Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Her book (A)live Heart is forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press.

This quarter, Imani is teaching Queer Poetics, which takes place June 18.