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Portrait of Tantra-zawadi


Portrait of Tantra-zawadi
Poetry is the rhythm of life peering through the body for interpretation. It is breathing, walking, doing, loving and awakening. It is limitless in its ability to reach across genres and varying walks of life. Poetry is transforming. I create poems that expand boundaries through story telling, movement and breath. I have to write. Life calls herself “poetry.” From my first poem in grade school, I enjoyed painting pictures of my community through the written word. I wrote about the challenges of being black, music, family life, love and being a girl. My poetry didn’t always flow and it didn’t always rhyme. Sometimes it was broken and then sunny, laughing then crying; but it was always in the threads of my garments and in my teeth. Early on, I embraced wordsmiths such as Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, S. Pearl Sharp and Haki Madhubuti because they captured the essence of the human spirit with credibility. As for me, I will not rest until my work touches

Love Power

Portrait of Tantra-zawadi
"My work can best be described by the love that I make through my art to the vision of the unseen reality.

Tantra-zawadi - performance poet, is the author of “alifepoeminprogress” by Pauline Publishing/Chuma Spirit Books, LLC

Tantra-zawadi is kicking off 2009 with her latest project “Love Planet,” the new album by Collective Spirits. “Love Planet,” produced by Jonny Montana and Neil Maclean (Camio Recordings), showcases Bennett Holland on keys, Tantra on poem and Dana Byrd on vocals. Most recently, she has performed with the vonduvoisdancecollective in “The Fear” at the New City Theater in New York with shining reviews. Her spoken word video “Scarlet Waters” featuring Michael Cox on bass, was featured on the website for Product (RED) created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver, to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Launchers of Product (RED include businesses such as Gap, Inc., Converse, American Express, Apple, Inc., and Giorgio Armani. Tantra also filmed a public service announcement for BETAH Associates produced by Marc Herbert Productions aimed at promoting HIV/AIDS awareness through the art form spoken word as well as a performance video of her choreo-poem “Girl.”

Tantra has performed to standing-room audiences at venues in Toronto, London and Germany while blowing audiences away with her soul stirring style of poetry in the tri-state area; performing original works in off-Broadway productions and venues such as: The Sugar Bar, Merce Cunningham Studios, Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday Project, Def Poetry Plugged In, hosted by Danny Simmons at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BRIC Studios, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Brooklyn NEXT!, Bryant Park, Union Square Park (Summer in the Square), Barnes & Noble, Trane Studios and Up From The Roots in Toronto, The Schomberg Library with Ruby Dee and Avery Brooks in attendance, The Harlem Book Fair, WOW Theater, 4WCircle of Art, Urban Erotika, The Guild Theater, The Triad Theater, The Cutting Room, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Symphony Space (Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival). Tantra was honored by the Kings County District Attorney's Office during Women's History Month in 2001 for her artistic contributions to the borough of Brooklyn.

Tantra is the subject of a spoken word documentary “Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow” (which features poets who make a living from their art), by award winning filmmaker, Julia O’Farrow ( Tantra is the host of her own spoken word series, WORDSPACE and has made several appearances on cable television, local and satellite radio shows. Her poetry was featured in the October 2004 issue of Essence Magazine and in the spoken word publications Redeye and Spoken Vizions,, RainTiger, Platinum Poets, Suniper Press and Website:,, and

Discography: Love Planet, Sacred, The Poet, Natural: Bring That Poem Home, Urban Avant Garde: Live at the Nuyorican Poets Café, Selling My Diamonds by Precious Gift, Blu Magazine spoken word compilation. DVD: The Poet. Booking and media inquiries: Debra Williams, Diamond & Company, 212-247-3692 (


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