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REGION VII -  Festival 50

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Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy, a native of New Jersey, lives in Albuquerque, where he is an author, actor, and activist. Bellamy is the author of the award-winning poetry collection, Swear (West End Press) and was Albuquerque’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2012-2014. His poetry is published at the Albuquerque Convention Center and in Alternet, TruthOut, and Counterpunch. A popular and powerful performer and speaker, Bellamy has performed for or shared the stage with Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, and the Dalai Lama. He has been a featured guest on The Tavis Smiley Show and is the host of the arts program Colores on New Mexico PBS.

Bellamy’s honors include a Citizen Artist fellowship from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, a Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association, a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship, honorable mention from the University of New Mexico for the Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize, and “Best Poet” in the Weekly Alibi’s annual “Best of Burque” poll every year since 2010. He holds an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Mexico and is the founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC. Bellamy teaches creative writing at the New Mexico School for the Arts.

Hakim is currently one of the Kennedy Center’s Citizen Artist Fellows, and the Kennedy Center has also commissioned him to explore a project for family audiences on THE HUMAN JOURNEY.