Born in Brooklyn(2015), now developing roots in the Nation of Hawaiʻi, Black is a Poem (BIAP) was created with the intention of having a safe performance space for Black artists living with social anxiety. As an alternative to the often anxiety-inducing performance art scenes, we strive to be a more intimate, tender, and accessible open mic space for Black artists to share their work.

Over the years, BIAP has expanded from an open mic space to be a variety of community spaces including potlucks, food pantries, and clothing swaps.







*BIAP was inspired by and founded after, 2 collaborative projects co-founded by Share Roman:

My Blackness is Poetry (2014-2015; co-founder: Amos Eff) and The Queer and/or Trans People of Color Writing Circle

( 2012 - 2014; co-founder: Lorenzo Van Ness) *