Poetry has existed since before humans even had written language. It has been etched into our speech and woven into our history. As we continue to advance as a human race, poetry persists as a way for us to continue to write that history – and nowadays, that means examining the modern world we live in and, like…

actually interacting with people. actually engaging our communities. actually having a willingness to examine our intersectionality.

Welcome. Check out our events. Hit us up sometime.

Make your home here.

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About Us

Born out of the need for an accessible spoken word community, Criss-Cross Poetry lives in Tempe, AZ and seeks to provide up-and-coming poets with a courageous space to grow in their art. Whether a complete newbie or a seasoned veteran, Criss-Cross Poetry provides a performative space and workshops meant to give artists the next step in their literary career.