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Tantra Zawadi

Author's Bio

"The love that I make through my art, to the vision of the unseen reality." Born in Brooklyn, New York - As a performance poet and published author, I use my voice to raise awareness about issues that are important to women. I am the author of three books of poetry, my latest "Bubbles: One Conscious Breath" (Poets Wear Prada), illustrated by Edwin Boone. I have performed original works with the Senegal-America Project, and at venues from New York City to South Africa and directed two short documentaries "Girl: The Film" and "A Silent Genocide - A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS," as well as collaborations with several artists on spoken word/musical compilations worldwide. "Tantra-zawadi is magical just like the African mermaid. Her flow is like water and her words become the boat that you sail in. In this world of form and no substance, her words have meaning and a sensuality that we don't find often. Hearing and reading her poetry is like taking a journey to the places we dream of." —Abiodun Oyewole, Founding member of The Last Poets "Tantra's writing oozes with the passion of Neruda and the sensitivity of Sonia. Her words can warm the coldest of hearts." -Bruce George, Co-Founder of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam "Tantra-zawadi is one of the finest and greatest female poets who undoubtedly has ushered in a new era that will take the 21st century into one where humanity will move forward. If one wants the power of poetry, then Tantra's is the holistic package." -Betty Makoni, CNN Hero and Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide "Tantra-zawadi is a spiritual activist who holds humanity in the highest regard. She writes from a place that many have tried to understand but have never really been able to embrace. It is probably because she is comfortable enough with who she is to share her naked spirit on the white page. As such, she is one of the most talented artists of her generation, a master painter of the poetic landscape." - Cendrine Marrouat, Canada Independent Artist Examiner For more info, please visit me on-line at www.tantra-zawadi.com and www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi. Peace and Love!

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Bubbles: One Conscious Breath (Poets Wear Prada, 2013), Gathered at Her Sky (Poets Wear Prada, 2010), alifepoeminprogress (Chuma Spirit Books, 1999)
Prizes:
"Girl" (Gathered at Her Sky - PWP Books) Nominated for 2010 Pushcart Prize; "A Silent Genocide ~A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS" (a short documentary), screened at Cine Mostra AIDS Brasil in Sao Paulo - August 2010; Kings County District Attorney's Office - Women's History Month Award 2001.

Tantra Zawadi Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz, An Invisible Earthquake: A Woman's Journal through Stillbirth by Malika Ndlovu, Five Years and Counting: A Journey into the Mind of Soul Poetry by Cendrine Marrouat, The 100 Best Poems of All Time by Leslie Pockell, The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel and Jose Miguel Ruiz
Favorite Books:
A Course in Miracles, A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, The Love Poems of Rumi, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra, Wounded in The House of a Friend by Sonia Sanchez, Cotton Candy on A Rainy Day by Nikki Giovanni and The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.
Favorite Authors:
There are so many but here are a few: Marianne Williamson, Paulo Coehlo, Don Miguel Ruiz, Khalil Gibran, Sonia Sanchez, Rumi, Deepak Chopra and Rabindranath Tagore.

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Listing last updated: November 6, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
African American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Brooklyn, NY

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