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“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

“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, Distinguished Professor Emerita
History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz

“With vision and rhythm, Naima and Alixa’s poems stretch 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 Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

“Climbing PoeTree’s poems prove that there is something sacred, unyielding and deeply human in walking the path of rebellion. Climbing PoeTree offers us a language, a soundtrack, a heartbeat-rhythm for how to speak with courage.”

~ Carlos Andrés Gómez, author of Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood

“…[Climbing PoeTree] is the glass shattering, a womb awakening, a brown scream. The exalted sound of a poet’s heart. Warrior women, called writers. griots. our holders of truth and words and history…This work is a long time coming.”

~ jessica Care moore, Poet, Publisher, Moore Black Press

“Hurricane Season pounds with intensity and fierceness and love. Naima and Alixa are truly forces of nature, delivering a performance that will move you to tears and to action.”

~ Tia Lessin & Carl Deal, Producers of “Fahrenheit 911,
Directors of Academy Award nominated Trouble the Water”

“Alixa and Naima create a wave of such intelligent soul-moving proportions that we will surely see its effects in catalyzing a radical shift in how our generation cares for the earth and all cultures of our human family.”

~Michael Flynn, Common Vision, San Francisco, CA