Abena Beloved Green (aka Roots n’ Rhythm) is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist. As a poet and spoken word artist, she is a two-time Halifax Slam team member and was a Canadian Individual Poetry Slam finalist. She won the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Writing Competition (now Nova Writes) poetry prize, and, as a recipient of Ontario Arts Council’s Word of Mouth grant she produced the spoken word album Beloved. As a freelance writer and editor, her work has appeared in various websites and magazines including Sway, Black to Business, Profile Halifax, The Service Mag (Rwanda), and Halifax Magazine.
Abena also has over ten years of experience dancing and teaching traditional and modern West African Dances and step (also referred to as stomp). She founded the step team Lady Step and led the group for four years, and performed with the African Dance Ensemble in Toronto.
The Way We Hold On is Abena’s debut book of poetry. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation Canadian. Here are poems about holding on and letting go—of ideas, opinions, beliefs, people, places, and things.
Abena lives in Toronto.