I am a spoken word artist who competes in poetry slams at the local and national levels out of New Orleans, LA. My work focuses on the intersections of womanhood, race, and body positivity. I teach writing and performance workshops as well as tour regularly. I have been ranked the 4th woman poet in the world at the Women of the World Poetry Slam. I, with my team, Slam New Orleans, have ranked 7th Nationally, and 1st in the Southern region at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam. I have performed in historic venues such as The Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, Bus Boys and Poets in Washington D.C., and The Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 3 - 90 minutes
Languages: English, French
What to Expect
In every performance, I combine poetry with small snippets of appropriate songs to underscore the theme of the poem and/or to build the audience's investment in the poem. The usual set lasts 20-30 minutes and will include 5-8 poems of various lengths and subject matters. If there is a specific theme to your show, poems can be created to ensure that your theme is the focus.
Honey Sanaa is a spoken word artist from New Orleans, Louisiana by way of Mississippi. She is an educator by day, who holds 3 higher education degrees, including a Master’s degree in secondary education. Honey is the co-founder of C.H.A.O.S.: Collective Hip-Hop, An Artistically Original Society, a campus-based arts organization founded to help poetry and art students at the University of Southern Mississippi learn and grow in their particular branch of the arts.
Honey has traveled from New York to Florida to California sharing her words with audiences as an individual and as a part of Team Slam New Orleans, affectionately known as Team SNO. Honey is entering her third year in slam and is already ranked 4th in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is the 2016 Last Chance Slam Champion from Women of the World Poetry Slam. Honey’s youtube videos have garnered over 230,000 views.
In 2012 she published her first collection of poems entitled Firefly Kisses, and recently released her second collection of poetry entitled Truth from the Roots. Honey has been published in The Fem Literary Magazine, Shine: For Harriet, as well as the Painted Bride Quarterly, and Son of Baldwin blog. Honey’s work focuses on the intersections of race, womanhood, coping with trauma, and body positivity in today’s society where all of these are undervalued and underrepresented.
Additional Booking Notes
There are no requirements for lighting and staging. However, for the best quality show, especially with larger events, a microphone works best. It is not a requirement, and years of singing have honed my voice so that it projects well.
The set list varies depending on the length and theme of the events. If the event has a specific poem that they would like included, I do accept their requests.
Influences & Inspiration
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