Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

Antonia Alexandra KlimenkoAntonia is our official SpokenWord Paris Writer in Residence. An incredibly strong poet she’s been a regular at SpokenWord (the Monday open mic) since 2006 with poems that combine a mastery of craft and a powerful voice. Her poetry ranges from the courageous to the tender, the spiritual to the raunchy.

Her other roles on the SpokenWord team are that she coaches in performance and writing and that she is the person who chooses our guest poets and featured performers and organises that, something she’s been in charge of since early 2015. If you know someone who’d make a great featured guest, contact her at spokenwordparis AT

So as Writer in Residence she’ll receive a small bursary to support her to keep writing. (Yes, it’s one of our chosen ways to spend the money everyone put in the hat. If you have an idea of a literary project we could support then let us know.) And in exchange she’s going to write one new on-theme poem a month, read another of hers that can be old but is on-theme and read one on-theme poem by another poet.

Coaching in spoken word performance and poetry writing

Antonia the poet is inAntonia coaches on both writing and delivery of your poems – she’s a slam champion herself amongst other poetry achievements (see below.) Reasonable fees. Contact her at spokenwordparis AT or ask her any Monday at SpokenWord.





Antonia Alexandra Klimenko trained as an actress at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She was first introduced on the BBC and to the literary world by the legendary Tambimuttu of Poetry London–-publisher of T.S. Eliot, Henry Miller and Bob Dylan, to name a few. After his death, it was his friend the late great Kathleen Raine who took an interest in her writing and encouraged her to publish. Although her manuscript was orphaned upon “Tambi” s passing, her poems and correspondence have been included in his Special Collections at Northwestern University. A former San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion and devotee of Spoken Word, she has read and performed at various venues including S.F.’s renowned Purple Onion and The  Intersection for the Arts. Her sold-out one-woman show Where the Blue Begins was presented in conjunction with Sonoma’s performing art series Women on the Edge. More recently she has presented her work at Shakespeare & Company, participated in four présentations hosted by Three Rooms Press as well as performed at 100 Thousand Poets for Change here in Paris. She also placed second in the 2015 Poetry Slam hosted by Paris Lit Up. Klimenko’s works are widely published in journals and anthologies–among them: XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) The Poet”s Quest for God, CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, The Rumpus, Writing for Peace, Big Bridge, Levure Litteraire, Knot Magazine, Iodine Poetry Journal, Literary Orphans, The Opiate, The Bastille, Strangers in Paris—New Writing Inspired by the City of Light, Paris Lit Up,  Vox Populi, Occupy Poetry (in which she is distinguished as an American Poet) and Maintenant: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C and in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.