“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

“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

“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, 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, 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, Academy Award nominated producers of ” Fahrenheit 911 & Trouble the Water”