Isis Speaks

Isis Speaks

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandSpoken Word

National Poetry Slam Champion and print model Isis Speaks combines a soul-stirring voice, a stunning look, and beautifully crafted verses into a unique display of Spoken Word Poetry that has been described as Mary J. Blige meets Maya Angelou.


Second to none. NJ born Isis, presents herself and poetry honestly so that all can see the beauty and the scars that have made her a woman. It is that attitude and the brilliance of her poetry that belies her 24 years. It wasn't long before Isis was snatching mics and spotlights at poetry venues all over the Mile High City, and Colorado. Isis has been performing poetry professionally for 5 years, and has become synonymous with excellence. Isis poetry explores universal themes of empowerment, reclamation, love, abuse and the mistakes we all make. She has a tenderness at the center of her work, which comes thru in her performance. Isis' work has been described as, "a meritage of Saul Williams' passion and Maya Angelou's eloquence with an incendiary tongue." The grace and power she exudes from any stage are unparalleled. Each word interlocks to weave a tapestry of teaching, living, healing, and loving.

Isis has amassed an impressive body of work and acknowledgments. In December of 2004 prior to her CD's official release her song "Grindin'" a collaboration with DJ Musa(Saul Williams) was charted and played by none other than BBC Radio 1 taste maker Gilles Peterson on his "Worldwide" radio show. "Almost Conscious" the CD has received airplay on the "Worldwide" show, and Colorado radio stations KGNU(Eclipse Hip Hop show), and KUVO(So What!) To date she has sold several hundred copies of the CD through Cafe Nuba, and local record store chain Independent Records. Internationally recognized, she has shared stages with such luminaries as Sonia Sancehz, the late Oscar Brown, Jr., The Last Poets, Dead Prez, and Saul Williams among countless others.

The Pan African Arts Society tapped Isis to host the nationally televised Cafe Nuba "It's Hot & It's Black", Denver's premier poetry event. During her two year stint as host, Cafe Nuba was awarded Westward's Mastermind Award of Literary Arts. Not content to limit her efficacy to cafe's and open mics, Isis also serves as an educator with the Young Sistah's Bootkamp, an arts and self awareness intensive.

As 2006 Denver City Slam Champion, Isis beat out dozens of Denver's finest poets for the top spot of Team Captain on Denver's 2006 National Slam Team. After a summer of Regional competitions, Isis and the team made it to the Finals Stage and national victory as the 2006 NPS Champions.

Isis recently released her first chapbook publication titled "Honeysuckle: A Collection of Memories and Misremembered Journeys."