Spoken Word Artist / Host / Teaching Artist
"You can’t un-hear or un-feel Chibbi’s work, as it is daringly honest, beautifully flawed, and unfolding profound imagery.”
Chibbi is a Mexican-born, Texas-rasied poet, actor, and spoken word artist. Having been performing poetry since 2006, he is the founder of Laredo BorderSlam, a founding member of the Houston poetry spot, Write About Now, and the Executive Director and co-host of the Words and Shit virtual talk show and podcast. He has self-published 2 books; his latest OTRO/PATRIA, a journey through the intersections of identity, was released in the summer of 2019. He was also the co-editor of the anthology Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (Flowersong Press, 2020), a collection of almost 70 poems responding to the political and social climate of the Trump administration. His work primarily deals with the exploration of identity and culture, the Queer and Latinx experience, addiction and recovery, and fighting for the validity of existence. He has been featured in the Houston LGBTQIA magazine OutSmart, published in the 2017 Anthology Best Emerging Poets in Texas, The Texas Review, the 2020 Latino Book Review Magazine, Defunkt Magazine Volume VI, The Acentos Review, Wax Nine, and The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, and online on the Latin Media Blog We Are Mitu, George Takei, SlamFind, Poetry Slam Inc, Button Poetry, and Write About Now. He has traveled the country performing his spoken word set, featuring at such places like Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, NY, The Aloha Poetry Festival in Honolulu, HI, and Button Poetry presents Storytellers in Miami, FL. He is a two time San Antonio Poetry Slam Champion, and coached and performed with the 2017 PuroSlam team, winning 3rd place at the National Poetry Slam Group Piece Competition. On stage and page, he is an unforgettable experience.
President of Write Art Out
“Chibbi’s poetry and personality are deeply intertwined, and both are beautiful to experience. His work plays with conventions and topics in an extremely insightful manner.”
“From the Texas southern region arises an unexpected gem who’s words are chosen with precision and everything but frivolous.”
Publisher, Columnist, Poet
“Brutally truthful; an ebb and flow between wrenching pain and soaring self-discovery. Chibbi’s poetry and performance is an event, and those of us fortunate to witness it will never forget it.”