Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing and personal transformation. With roots in Haiti and Columbia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. In five self-organized grassroots tours, Climbing PoeTree has rocked 500 miles and counting from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, led workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Riker’s Island, and painted murals on walls from the Bronx to Santiago de Cuba. Using cultural work as a medium, Alixa and Naima’s acclaimed performance is composed of dual-voice poems that explore diverse themes, including: healing from state and personal violence, environmental justice, civil rights, spirituality, global politics, and woman’s empowerment. For more information see