PRAISE FOR CLIMBING POETREE
Reviews from distinguished allies
"Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world—and it is true that the urgency, power and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture."
~ Angela Y. Davis, political activist, scholar,
Distinguished Professor Emerita, UCSC
"Climbing PoeTree is a soulful expression. Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman are deep thinkers and gifted poets. I am moved profoundly by the power of their words!"
~ Cornel West, philosopher, academic, activist, author
"These poems... inspire us to be stronger, be braver, to do more for each other, to give more, require more, to hold more, to let go, to be more accountable, to hold each other more accountable. These words insist we be our sisters' keepers, our own big brothers- these truths argue that regardless of our differences, all of us who share this planet are family.”
~ Staceyann Chin, HBO Def Jam poet, writer for the Huffington Post
"With vision and rhythm, Naima and Alixa's lyricism stretches from souls-deep toward the radiant pulsing horizon. Look and listen—Climbing PoeTree might take you exactly where you need to go."
~ Jeff Chang, hip hop journalist and critic
author of Can't Stop Won't Stop