2017 Speakers

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Hakim Bellamy
Hakim Bellamy
Opening Keynote

Hakim Bellamy, a native of New Jersey, lives in Albuquerque. 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 and has been anthologized widely. A popular and powerful performer and speaker, Bellamy has 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 the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association, an Emerging Creative Bravos Award from Creative Albuquerque, a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship, honorable mention for the University of New Mexico’s 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 MA in communications from the University of New Mexico and is the founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC.