New Jersey born Ebony “Isis” Booth is a living work of art and specializes in spoken-word poetry, singing, and creative writing. She uses various mediums for entertainment to unleash the potency in her performances, yet the over arching purpose in Isis’s art is her speaking.
As a professional poet and performance artist Isis provides a dual function as educator and student in the area of empowerment. Called upon as a featured guest facilitator for Denver Public Schools, she writes and teaches education curriculum to challenge traditional ideas and themes in society.
A “jade of all trades,” if you will, the poet used her transformation as a multi-faceted artist to spread a message of self-awareness and healing. “Isis,” was born out of the beauty and scars she says developed her into an ever evolving womanhood.
Continuing to use her voice for change, Isis accumulated numerous awards for her accomplishments.During her two-year run as hostess of Denver’s premier poetry lounge Café Nuba, the project won Westword’s Mastermind Award of Literary Arts. In 2006 as the Denver’s City Champion, Isis became the Team Captain of the National Slam team, taking the team to victory in 2006 as the National Poetry Champions. Emphasizing her versatility as an artist, Isis also won the Westword Music Showcase’s 2010 Best Female MC award.
Her poetry is passionate, powerful and gracefully performed. On stage as Isis Speaks, she is commanding and steady with a voice that cuts to the core of any audience. With so much success as a performing wordsmith, the progression toward acting in theater was a natural one. Isis enjoyed active roles in theater productions like “Aida,” the stage adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” as well as “Simply Simone,” a production about one of Isis’s greatest influences, Nina Simone.
Isis is currently a singer/songwriter and most recently was lead vocalist for Ten Pound Elephant, a jazz, soul and funk band self-titled EP was released in October 2013.