Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
Hakim Bellamy is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM. His belief that the reading, writing and sharing of words is a radical act that can materially transform lives and communities is born out of the U.S. anti-literacy laws of the 1830s. As a result, his portfolio of creative output has ranged from conducting performance poetry workshops in prisons to composing original music for the Sierra Club, to producing a one-man show about systemic violence towards young black men in the wake of the Charleston Church Massacre. Bellamy is a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow and Civic Seminary Fellow. www.beyondpoetryink.com.