Imaad Khan is a performance poet from Austin, TX. Imaad started writing poetry in high school, and at the urging of his speech teacher entered local poetry slam competitions. Imaad made it on to the Austin Under 21 Slam Poetry Team and competed in New York at the Brave New Voices youth competition in 2006. Since then Imaad has gone on to perform and compete across the country winning the University of Texas' biggest talent competition, Texas Revue in 2010, and performing at the Takin' it to the Streets arts festival in Chicago in 2013.

Imaad's style of poetry can be described as a cappella hip hop mixed with the lyricism of traditional folk music. He writes about topics that range from politics and spirituality to love and family. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Religious Studies and Arabic, Imaad worked as a case worker in the refugee community in Austin. Imaad is currently a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs where he studies Global Policy. He continues to write and perform poetry at venues across the country and hopes to inspire audiences through performance and community activism.

 

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