Phoenix, Arizona

BlackPoet Ventures

In an effort to make performance poetry more interesting, BlackPoet Ventures formed in 2005 with a mission to promote, support and enhance the oral tradition artistry of poetry and spoken word movements of the African Diaspora. BPV coined the term “poeticduction” to define its unique theatrical style. 

BPV productions include: Cool Like That: A Tribute To Miles Davis and Ed Pavlic’s Winners Have Yet To Be Announced: A Song For Donny Hathaway of the BioRhythMic Series; and EchoVerses: Black Poets Yesterday Today. BPV’s work has been staged at: Herberger Theater Center, Carver Museum and Cultural Center and PHX Fringe Festival (Phoenix); ASU Kerr Cultural Center (Scottsdale); Tempe Center For The Arts (Tempe); Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles); and St Lou Fringe Festival (St. Louis).

BPV performed the invocation for the Governor’s Arts Awards (2007); conducted community outreach for Arizona Theatre Company’s A Raisin In The Sun (2009); opened the 20th Annual Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix Breakfast (2010); and developed an original poem for 2010 U.S. Census (Western Region).

Winners Have Yet To Be Announced: A Tribute To Donny Hathaway dances to Donny Hathaway’s “The Ghetto,” VIAD’s Playhouse on the Park, Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Andy Rodriguez Photography