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).

BPV Donny

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

BPV - Ali

Kleven Craig in a special workshop production by BlackPoet Ventures in tribute to Muhammad Ali, Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Brandye Luxenberg

BPV Colored

Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf, ASU Kerr Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo: Arne Williams

BPV Echo Verses

Ashley Strickland as Phillis Wheatley in EchoVerses: Black Poets Yesterday Today, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona. Photo: Arne Williams

BPV Miles

Billy Ramsey as Miles Davis in Cool Like That: A Tribute To Miles Davis, part of the company’s BioRhythMic Series, the Rhythm Room, Phoenix, Arizona. Photo: Cedric Jones Photography