Hakim Bellamy is a two-time National Champion in the Poetry Slam scene. He was a member of the 2005 National Poetry Slam Champs Team Albuquerque in his first year of poetry slam, and a year later the 2006 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Champs, Team UNM. He has won the City Grand Slam Championship in Albuquerque (2005) and in Silver City (2008) as well as 3 consecutive University of New Mexico LOBOSLAM titles.
His poetry has been published in Albuquerque inner-city buses as a winner of the RouteWords Competition (2005). He’s been published in the Harwood Anthology (2006), the Earthships Anthology (2007), Sin Fronteras Journal (2008), A Bigger Boat published by UNM Press (2008), Looking Back at Place (2008), Malpais Review (2011) and How to….Multiple Perspectives on Creating a Garden, a Life, Relationships and Community (2011). In January of 2007, Bellamy was recognized as an honorable mention for the University of New Mexico Paul Bartlett Re Peace Prize for his work as a community organizer and journalist.
Hakim has acted for both stage and screen, and makes more music with his poetry nowadays as a songwriter, emcee and vocalist. Hakim was recently bestowed the populist honor of “Best Poet” by both the Local iQ (Smart List 2010 & 2011) and the Alibi (Best of Burque 2010 & 2011). Hakim is the proud father of a 3 year-old miracle and regularly works with, workshops and works for the many youth poets of this city via presentations at schools, non-profits and community organizations across the state of New Mexico. He currently works as the Strategic Communications Director at the Media Literacy Project. Visit Hakim at www.hakimbe.com.