Artist Bio

Philadelphian Lamont Dixon, aka Napalm Da Bomb, is a poet as well as a performance and teaching artist. He has been a prominent presence on the jazz-poetry scene for many years. As a teaching artist, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as “vibepoetics,” an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic Language Arts education. As a performer, Napalm frequently collaborates with dancers, visual artists, rappers, storytellers, and vocalists, as well as with his band, the The Jazzpoetics. He is a lifelong mentor to aspiring young writers, and for the past seven years has provided writing/performing workshops and has emceed the Free Library of Philadelphia’s annual Teen Poetry Slam.

Napalm’s poetry has been published in numerous magazines, including Essence and African Voices. He appears on various CDs: Awaiting the Spirit (Barry Sames), The Po-Jazz Connection (Warren Oree), African Rhythm Tongues (Khan Jamal), and Living in the Now (Luke O’Reilly). In 2007 he debuted Pigments of My Imagination, a CD of music and poetry. Lamont also served as co-executive producer for the Philadelphia segment of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.

Performances: Turkey Hill Ice Cream Arts Festival, Chrysler National African-American Cultural Expo, Philadelphia’s Welcome America!, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Music City’s Jazz & Arts Festival in Jackson, TN, Garden State Children’s Discovery Museum, PA Multi-Cultural Affairs Congress, DuPont’s Clifford Brown Jazz Fest., West Oak Lane Jazz Fest., Philadelphia Drug Enforcement Agency, State Corrections Institutes at Graterford and Chester PA, Philadelphia U.S. Mint, and the National Assn. of Black Storytellers’ Annual Conference.

Teaching Affiliations: NJ & PA State Council for the Arts, Rutgers Univ. Center for the Arts, Rowan Univ. (adjunct), Free Library of Philadelphia, NJ Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest (instructor/judge/performer).

The National Black Authors Tour presented Lamont Dixon with the “2014 Philadelphia Black Poetry Honors” certificate and medal for “20 Years of Poetic Excellence within the Philadelphia Poetry Circuit and Community”.