LAMONT “NAPALM” DIXON
Lamont Dixon, better known in the poetry world as “Napalm,” was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa along with three brothers. He graduated from John Bartram High School where he was an art major as well as captain of the track team. He served seven years in the United States Navy and is currently employed by the United States Postal Service as Cheif Union Representative.
Lamont mentors youth through many civic and arts based associations; with Masonic Lodges, the legendary Clef Club in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Free Library. He also does community outreach thru prisons, homeless shelters, YMCA’s and halfway houses. So you see, brother Lamont gives back to the community.
He has performed Spoken Word along side many Philadelphia jazz musicians including Byard Lancaster, Khan Jamal, Warren Oree and vocalist Denise King. He credits as his major poetic influence Amiri Baraka. Napalm writes all styles of poetry but the majority of which is influenced by Jazz.
He infuses jazz, hip hop, blues, and drama with his performances and workshops.
Napalm trained at Freedom Theater and the Philadelphia University of the Arts, as well as a tenure with Temple U.’s Full Circle Improvisational Troupe. Napalm’s poetry has been published in African Voices, The Phylaxis, New Poet’s Revolution and Essence Magazine. _He is a recipient of the Phylaxis Society’s Excellence in Literature Award and John G. Lewis Medal of Excellence for Art. Napalm is a teaching artist for Perkins Center for the Arts, the NJ & PA State Council for the Arts, and Rutgers and Rowan University.
Napalm appears on African Rhythm Tongues with jazz musicians Khan Jamal and Byard Lancaster, Po-Jazz Connection with Arpeggio Jazz ensemble and others.
He also served as co-executive producer for the Russell Simmon’s 2001 Def Poetry Jam Tour in Philadelphia.