My own first encounter of a Be-kind was writing his Poets & Writers Picnic Featured Reader introduction. Meeting him at the Picnic, he thanked me for "bridging page and stage" ~ immediately consigned to the favorite compliments collection and still cherished.
And selected links and comments (far from comprehensive) to show not just respect but also give a sense of both what Hakim brings to his latest role, Poet Laureate and a hint of what we can expect him to make of it.
- Poet Laureate Hakim, Local iQ profile ( He "wants to stimulate a discussion and raise the profile of poetry in Albuquerque. That’s his primary goal"), March 17, 2012, and in his own write.
- Versatile performer: slam poet, spoken word, hip hop artist, actor, musician (and no telling what else...)
- Collaborative work in including Watch your (Mestizo) Mouth and Urban Verbs (early article and current web page)
- Regular accolades and profiles in Local iQ, Weekly Alibi, DukeCityFix, Creative Albuquerque, abqARTS, etc. (too many to link all ~ get thee to search engine & see for yourself)
- While searching, check out the videos on YouTube too
- Abiding commitment to social justice and activism as community organizer and journalist informs his poetry and creative projects ~ art for activism, as an activist dramatist/film maker friend calls it.
- Ideas, as speaker at TEDxABQ
- March 12, 2012, interview with NAMAC on media literacy and the Media Literacy Project, that also tells us about Hakim's many interests and projects.
“I want to challenge notions about what poetry is and what a poet is,” Bellamy says. “Being the populist I am, I want more people in the game.” If that is not a an invitation and a challenge for all of us to step out of the audience and come along, join the game, what would be?