After Claudia

  • Hakim Bellamy Institute of American Indian Arts, Adjunct W.K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Network Fellow


A response poem to Citizen by Claudia Rankine, 2014 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

Author Biography

Hakim Bellamy, Institute of American Indian Arts, Adjunct W.K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Network Fellow
As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in on the Albuquerque Convention Center, on the outside of a library, in inner-city buses and in numerous anthologies across the globe. Bellamy was recognized as an honorable mention for the University of New Mexico Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize for his work as a community organizer and journalist in 2007, and was awarded the Emerging Creative Bravos Award by Creative Albuquerque in 2013. This year Bellamy was named a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Food Justice Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute. Recently, Bellamy was named Local iQ’s “Best Poet” for the fifth consecutive year on their annual Smart List, and he has been named “Best Poet” in the Weekly Alibi’s annual Best of Burque poll every year since 2010. He is the co-creator of the multimedia Hip Hop theater production Urban Verbs: Hip-Hop Conservatory & Theater that has been staged throughout the country. He facilitates youth writing workshops for schools, jails, churches, prisons and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond. Having recently released his first book, Swear, Hakim was conferred his Masters Degree in Communications at the University of New Mexico in May. Currently completing multidisciplinary arts projects from his travels to Turkey and Nepal this summer, Bellamy has had his work featured on AlterNet, Truthout, CounterPunch and the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Radio Show. He is the proud father of a 7 year-old miracle and is the founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC.  
How to Cite
Bellamy, H. (2015). After Claudia. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 5(2), 87 - 88. Retrieved from
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