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 and depression. 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.

*BIAP was inspired by and founded after, 2 collaborative projects co-founded by Sharebear: My Blackness is Poetry (2014-2015; co-founder: Amos E.) and The Queer and/or Trans People of Color Writing Circle ( 2012 - 2014; co-founder: Lorenzo V) *