Tantra-zawadi best describes her work as “the love that I make through my art to the vision of the unseen reality."
Soulful and sublime, her poetry explores love in all its forms; from the rush of the first kiss to the bittersweet. Born in Brooklyn, New York, as a performance poet and published author, Tantra-zawadi also uses her voice to raise awareness about issues that are important to women.
Tantra-zawadi has performed to standing-room audiences at venues as far away as South Africa, London, Germany and Canada. She has performed original works in the off-Broadway productions of Girl – A Choreospective, A Night of Three God/desses: Soldier Blues and Powerful Women, Stolen Dreams – a Stage Play, An Evolution in Reinvention, the Numeral Three, Leaving My Apartment and Other Urban Adventures, and the vonduvoisdancecollective. Tantra-zawadi's recent appearances include the New York Public Library of Performance Arts at Lincoln Center, the Austin International Poetry Festival, the Greenfield Poetry Festival, Senegal-America Project, Badilisha Poetry X-Change Festival in Cape Town, South Africa and the Montserrat Poetry Festival in Missouri. Tantra is a 2010 Pushcart Prize Nominee for her poem “Girl,” and a recipient of the Kings County District Attorney's Office Women’s History Month Award.
Published Author: Tantra’s latest release, “Gathered at Her Sky” from Poets Wear Prada Publishing, is available on-line at Amazon, LULU, Tower Books.com and iTunes iBook-store.com.
Tantra-zawadi, a mentor for Girl-Child Network Worldwide (GCN), will donate partial proceeds from Gathered at Her Sky to GCN. She is also the author of “alifepoeminprogress” from Chuma Spirit Books, and her poetry was featured in several publications including Essence and SpokenVizions Magazines.
On Screen: Tantra-zawadi has made several appearances on cable television, local and satellite radio shows. Known for being on the cutting edge as an artist and for speaking out about issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness, her poem and video “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product(RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa. She is the director of two short documentaries: “Girl: The Film, Volume I – A Message from Ardija Red-Cloud” and “A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS,” both edited by Oliver Covrett. “A Silent Genocide” was selected for inclusion in Cine Mostra AIDS Brasil in Sao Paulo (2010). Tantra-zawadi also participated in a public service announcement for BETAH Associates produced by Marc Herbert Productions aimed at promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. Her videos and films may be viewed on-line @ www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi.
Music and Poetry: Tantra-zawadi is a member of Collective Spirits with producers Jonny Montana and Neil Maclean , Bennett Holland on keys, and Dana Byrd on vocals. She is also a contributing artist on numerous musical compilations with some of the most in demand producers around the world!
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