Siri Imani is quickly emerging as one of Cincinnati’s young, black voices. Her poetry is infused with hard truths,
tough love and visions of a better tomorrow.
Never has an artist been more open and honest on the stage than Siri Imani. She weaves together song and poetry
to tell powerful stories of love and liberation; state and personal violence; social/ environmental/racial and sexual
justice; woman’s empowerment and human transcendence.
She openly, poetically reflects on her life as a lesbian, black, inner city youth and former college athlete. Siri Imani
is a boundary-breaking soul sister who has sharpened her art as a tool for popular education, community
organizing and personal transcendence. She is a warrior woman writer not afraid to tell her personal truths and
making biting social commentary on the world we live in.
Siri Imani began writing poetry at the tender age of 10. She began performing poetry at the age of 14 opening for
spoken word legends The Last Poets at the University of Cincinnati. At 15 she became the youngest cast member
of Coochie Chronicles: The Spoken Word Stage Play. She has performed as a vocalist and violinist at the School for
Creative and Performing Arts, with the Cincinnati Pop’s Orchestra, and opened for Manhattan Transfer.
Siri Imani is an engaging host and workshop facilitator that seeks to challenge her attendees and foster
understanding, acceptance and dialogue with everyone she encounters.
As a social activist she has loaned her poetry and passion to Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ causes and events. She
volunteers her services at WordPlay helping youth find their voice and tell their stories. She has hosted many local
and college poetry slams and conducting poetry slam workshops and retreats to prepare poets for competition.
As a spoken word artist Siri Imani frequents several Cincinnati Open Mics, is a featured Speak artist performing
monthly at the Mockbee in Cincinnati, OH. She has also performed at the Greenwich, the University of Cincinnati,
Ohio University, Cincinnati Public Schools, Elementz Hip Hop Youth Center, WordPlay, Atlanta’s Apache and Porter