Spoken word poetry or live band performances fit for any-sized crowd, 15 minutes to hour-long sets. Also can include combination of solo, full band, or smaller band arrangements given time and space requirements.
Facilitating writing or performance workshops, creating a brave space to have adventurous conversations and imaginative exploration. 1-2 hour long sessions or week-long residencies.
Panels or Lectures
Panels, lectures, and keynote addresses. Topics may include, but are not limited to, youth identity and empowerment, community building, artist activism, faith and racial justice, and theology of art. Can include co-organizing, hosting, or moderating events.
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Joe Davis is an incredible poet, activist, and teacher but even a better human being. I have had the chance to work with Joe over the last few years and have seen him connect with people of all backgrounds. He has a way of using his art to build bridges and inspire people to be better human beings. He is what I consider an “edutainer". Someone who not only entertains people with gifted poetry, but also inspirational messages that will help them in life. As we attempt to address the opportunity gap in this state, we need leaders of color like Joe that will challenge us to take care of all of our children. The world and our community need Joe’s message right now.
David Scherer | CEO of Hip Hop Outreach | hiphopoutreach.com
Joe Davis once said he’s "a lover and a fighter because he fights for love", and this perfectly sums up who he is. Kind, sincere, engaging, thought-provoking, intelligent, relational, creative, and resolute, he is an artist with an approachability to his art. I've toured with him more than once and I love watching him engage an audience not only during the show but as he builds relationships offstage wherever he goes!
Rachel Kurtz | National singer-songwriter | RachelKurtz.org
Joe is the real deal. Poet, teacher, and philanthropist wrapped into one very genuine person. I have enjoyed working with him on multiple projects. His passion shines through in every inch of the things he is involved with. If I wasnt married with a mortgage, I would quit my day job and hit the road promoting Joe to the ends of the earth. Hands down.
Dan Hansen | Founder of RTL Entertainment | iamrtl.com
Joe Davis is one of the most gifted and talented leaders that I know. His unique and artistic form is a true sight to see. I find Joe to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. As an author, teacher, poet, and seminarian he is a jack of all trades. His prophetic and poetic voice is one that is highly admired in many spaces. I find Joe to be a leader in North Minneapolis where he helps to bridge the generational and hermeneutical gaps by any means necessary. His words show many residents how to aspire to inspire before they expire. His leadership is a witness to many youth and young adults in the Twin Cities. His faith and steadfastness truly gives hope to the future generations that come after him. Joe Davis is what the game is missing! Whether religious or secular, the world can learn and benefit immensely from what this stand up gentlemen can produce. Give him a pen, notebook, and mic and simply watch the power of the Holy Spirit flank within any atmosphere. Don't believe me....just watch!
Rev Louis Tillman | Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran | Popphilly.org
Having Joe Davis in my classroom recently was like drinking an energy drink. He engaged all the students and got them to think poetry, write poetry, and share poetry. As a teacher at an alternative high school, I can honestly say that surprised me. Joe shook things up in my class, energized my students, and gave me strategies on incorporating poetry more intentionally in my curriculum. Professional, charismatic, and real, Joe connected with my students like few outside speakers can. I'm looking forward to working with Joe in some way in the future. I'd be remiss if I didn't look for ways to connect. He's just that good.
Eileen Zygarlicke | English Educator | Community High School
Mr. Joe Davis brings a clean and crisp voice of hope and healing, plus a sense of humor and great dance moves. Through spoken word and questions, he invites all ages to look at our own stories, roles, and interconnected parts in the complicated system we call community.
Heidi Ferris | Environmental Educator