Spoken Word

Kavon Ward is a nationally recognized, award winning spoken word artist and poetic activist. She recently received 1st place at the historic Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night, shared the stage with gospel artist Hezekiah Walker and was featured in the 2013 African American Festival, alongside artists like Patti LaBelle and Fantasia. Kavon is the 2012 Paul Robeson Here I Stand Poet and opened for Common at the Lincoln Theater in this capacity. Also in 2012, Kavon took the stage with activists like Joe Madison and Dick Gregory, to perform her piece, “I Am TrayvonMartin,” during the Trayvon Martin – Washington DC Rally for Justice.

Kavon has been writing poetry since she was a teen, and Kavon now uses her talent to motivate various audiences, particularly children in under-served communities who she encourages to use education as a means of transforming obstacles into opportunities. Kavon was first given such a platform more than fifteen years ago when she gave her acceptance speech for the Harlem YMCA’s Youth Achiever of the Year Award before an audience of close to a thousand corporate, community, and civic leaders.

Kavon has also performed at the the Washington, DC Black Theater Festival, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Avoice Heritage Celebration, Busboys & Poets, Bohemian Caverns, Nuyorican Poets Café, and Annie’s Art Gallery. Her CD, From Policy to Poetry, and poems, including Harlem: Mission to Motivate, Black is Beautiful, and Beef with God are available for purchase at her online store and her piece, “I Am Trayvon Martin”, is available on iTunes. Kavon’s poem Love Epiphany is also featured on the R&B Love Jonz Mixtape Volume 1.Kavon currently resides in Los Angeles CA., and holds a BA in Communications and a Masters in Public Administration. She is a former public policy lobbyist and Congressional Black Caucus/International Franchise Association Foundations Fellow.

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Kavon served as my legislative fellow from 2007-2008, and during that time, I learned that she is one of the most passionate, hardworking and resilient individuals I know. I believe that whatever Kavon writes or speaks will move an audience because she has lived and overcome a life full of major obstacles. Unlike many, Kavon used those obstacles as opportunities and as a result, has a testimony which I believe will undoubtedly inspire and motivate others.

- Former Member of Congress, Albert Wynn

It was a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with you Kavon. I’m a big fan of your work! Keep spittin the truth, bless up.”

- Former Wizard’s Player/Author/Poet – Etan Thomas

Her performances are Breathe Taking, Thought Provoking, Moving and Heartfelt with a Touch of Compassion. and a great concern for People of the African Diaspora. I know my father would wouldve enjoyed hearing the X factor piece she wrote and dedicated to him.

- /Activist/Author,Moticational Speaker – Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm X's daughter)

I listened to your tracks last night. Nicely done! Ursula is widely considered the Queen of spoken word and judging by your work, she needs to watch her back.

- Educator/Activist/Leader – Khari Shabazz

I am proud of you for getting the CD done! Liking the music with the tracks. Your work made me want to assist you… T hats good because I hear a lot of work that doesn’t move me

- Def Poet- Lamont Carey