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Bassey Ikpi

Poet / Author


A Nigerian-born poet and writer, Bassey Ikpi has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry five times and her poetry has opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artists. Ikpi appeared at the NAACP Image Awards as part of a tribute to Venus and Serena Williams, and has been a featured cast member of the National Touring Company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, "Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam."

Ikpi was a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. In the summer of 2009, she was a featured performer for Johannesburg, South Africa's annual arts festival, Joburg Arts Alive. She has graced the pages of magazines such as Nylon, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Bust, and recorded an original poem for the Kaiser Foundation’s HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful.

Ikpi's personal and heartfelt work has made her a much sought after performer. She is currently working on various screenplays and is a freelance writer for social media outlets. Her first published collection of poetry and prose is entitled Blame My Teflon Heart: Poetry, Prose and Post-Its for Boys Who Didn't Write Back.


Poetry & Prose

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