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Imani Tolliver



Artist’s Quote

our love will season


grow dense and strong


like rings of sequoia


reaching, fearlessly reaching


until all we are


is sunlight and shelter

Luminary’s Quote

I want to reach a little closer to the world, which is to say to people, and see if we can share some illuminations together about each other. – Lorraine Hansberry


Hansberry, Lorraine. To Be Young, Gifted and Black: An Informal Autobiography of Lorraine Hansberry. New York: Vintage, 1996.


Imani Tolliver is an award-winning poet, artist, educator, public speaker, and event producer. An interdisciplinary artist, she is a collagist and watercolorist.


She is a graduate of Howard University, a Cave Canem Fellow, and served as Poet Laureate for the Watts Towers Arts Center. She has also been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her work as a promoter, host, and publicist in support of the literary arts in Southern California.


Rooted in social justice, Imani has curated and produced a wide portfolio of arts and cultural programming that celebrate, reflect, and amplify the voices of diverse communities. These programs have included art festivals, poetry readings, slams, concerts, youth theatre, community theatre, and special events for large municipalities in Southern California.

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