Green Festival Speakers

Climbing Poetree


Depending on who you ask, you might hear about Alixa and Naima as mural painters, rabble rousers, or exterior decorators. They are as notorious for their fistraising performances as they are for their artsbased political education workshops; as recognized for their visual art as they for Fashion Statement, their line of silkscreened clothing. Basically, Alixa and Naima are poets who moonlight as street artists, and infiltrate public schools and prisons with infectious ideas of how people can shape their own destinies.

A tattoo artist from Colombia and a gymnast from the back roads of Massachusetts, their powers combined they are the Heart Beat Soul Sister Artist Warrior duo Climbing PoeTree.

Climbing PoeTree have blazed stages from Oakland to Atlanta, South Africa to Cuba with artists such as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Jessica Care Moore, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez. They have led workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Riker's Island. And they have painted murals on walls from the Bronx, to Santiago, to Jamaica. Climbing PoeTree's uses their art to expose injustice, heal from violence, and