Poetry is defined as the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language. In the realm of Spoken Word, artist Lakia Mitchell is poetic expression in its purest form: untamed, unmasked, uninterrupted and delivered with blistering reality. The Chester, Pennsylvania native also known as Kanei, submitted to poetry early in life. A gifted writer with a keen intellect and a bountiful source of personal experiences from which she draws inspiration, Kanei composes pieces that expose matters of the heart with incisive perspective and blunt truth. Her fiery spirit keeps her pieces raw, passionate and more importantly, therapeutic. It never takes her audiences long to discover this masterful wordsmith will lay her entire soul bare; authenticity she nails with surgical precision.
Shortly after making a name for herself in Houston’s vibrant underground poetry scene, Kanei, a nurse by profession, juggled a career and motherhood travelling across the country honing her craft, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. She would write until her fingers cramped and her vision blurred; sometimes performing twice a night after working grueling hospital shifts. The dedication and effort paid off. She is now one of the most sought after performers in the U.S and a fierce trailblazer who has set her sights on ensuring poetry is at the fore of the entertainment industry and that women are recognized as a poetic force to be reckoned with. She broke new ground in Houston, performing before sold out audiences at the famed Houston Improv, a venue known primarily for stand-up comedy. Until now. She remains loyal to her East Coast roots, gracing renowned Philadelphia stages such as Zanzibar Blue, Warmdaddy’s and Penn’s Landing.
Kanei’s command of the complexities of measured verse and composition has solidified her reputation as an exceptional Poetess. She has elevated Spoken Word beyond random bursts of trivial, obscure declarations to present the art in a relatable form. She does not engage meaningless streams of consciousness. Her medical background allows her to explore the breadth and depth of the human psyche and physicality in order to give her performances life. Kanei reaches people at their most vulnerable and deposits generous portions of knowledge, compassion and authenticity.
Lakia “Kanei” Mitchell has only begun to scratch the surface of her creativity. She continues to produce thoughtful, compelling, original works that have caught the attention of major industry insiders. What fuels this never ending drive and passion: She views her artistic expression as a calling that formed deep in the recesses of her pain and her pleasure, an extension of the woman she has learned to love, imperfections and all. Lessons learned, to the benefit of all who have had the pleasure of experiencing, Kanei.
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