Poet. Spoken Word Artist. Alchemist.
What happens when you bring together a multi-platinum winning songwriter, a National Poetry Slam grand champion, and one of Oprah’s Super Soul 100 in one person? Meet IN-Q, the internationally revered spoken word artist who has shared the stage with people like Barack Obama, John Legend, Eminem, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. He writes songs for Miley Cyrus, Aloe Blacc, and others, and he penned a poem for Cirque du Soleil and performed it live with the actors and dancers on-stage, in Las Vegas. He takes the noise, the struggle, and the pain of modern life and crafts it into prose that has the power to turn you inside out and cut to the core of what is most important.
Raised by a single mother in Santa Monica, IN-Q’s search for himself in the 90s led him through hip hop, to songwriting, to his own unique form of poetry that is equal parts serious intellectual inquiry and a capella song, driven by a musical cadence. He calls poetry a church without religion. For IN-Q, poetry is where truth steps out into the light, making us at once vulnerable and more powerful. His performance videos, including “The Only Reason We’re Alive,” have gone viral. In March of 2020, he released his first book of poems, Inquire Within.
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Whether you are seeking to define your brand, transform your culture, or wake up your players, students, or employees, IN-Q will get to the heart of the matter, fast. We curate unique experiences for each setting—from on-stage performances in concert halls to storytelling workshops to roundtable discussions—that will take the audience on a journey of self-discovery and bond them, one to another. Experience why IN-Q believes that telling your story can change the world.