Baba Louis Alemayehu
About the Artist





Baba Louis Alemayehu



Louis Alemayehu is a writer, educator, administrator, poet, father, grandfather, performer, and activist of African and Native American heritage. He has taught classes in poetry and language arts. He also facilitates workshops on racism, culture, and community building. His writing has appeared in The Butterfly Tree: An Anthology of Black Minnesota Writers; The Drum: An International Journal of Writers of Color; and The International Process Work Journal. Alemayehu is a cofounder of the Native Arts Circle, the oldest Native American artists organization in the Upper Midwest. He, along with composer/musicians the late Carei Thomas and David Wright, founded the poetry/jazz ensemble Ancestor Energy, which connects music with spoken word for healing. Alemayehu has been honored for his pioneering work as a spoken-word artist and creative writer and has been the recipient of Intermedia Arts’ Diverse Visions Award, the Minnesota Spoken Word Association’s Urban Griot award, a Leadership in Neighborhoods grant from Saint Paul Companies, and an award for life-long commitment to social justice from the Headwaters Foundation.  Inspired by his most recent trip to Ethiopia, Louis will share some of his learnings and invite us to consider how Indigneous knowledge systems could support our collective rebirth..