Petty Propolis is a Black woman led organization rooted in Detroit, Michigan whose mission is to nurture and re-spirit community members, artists and visionary organizers of all ages, committed to social justice.

Petty is the last name of Director and Founder, Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty. Propolis is the glue that bees create to seal, protect, repair, and extend their hives. It also translates to "defense of the city."

This is fitting for an artist named Honeycomb who believes that small collective efforts are what's needed in order to create true safety and sustain and re-spirit our communities.​


Petty Propolis serves the community through various social justice initiatives, art and education workshops, and by teaching poetry as an avenue for visionary resistance. Petty Propolis has taught thousands of youth, elders, yelders and community members to realize their creativity through poetry and become visionary contributors to society.

Petty Propolis believes that re-spiriting is particularly significant in Detroit, as the city's residents have suffered under the weight of a half-century of propaganda assault. Poetry as a form of visionary resistance has served as a systemic method for countering the negative dominant narrative that has plagued the city.

Follow the work of Petty Propolis



06/29-07/10  JB100 Celebration

Detroit, MI

(Emcee, Performer, Facilitator)

For additional event info visit: PETTY PROPOLIS


Louder Than A Bomb

Michigan Youth Poetry Slam

Wayne State University (workshop facilitator)

Copyright © 2015 - 2019. Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty. All rights reserved.


Petty Propolis Poetry - Public Speaking, Workshops & Facilitation

04/17-04/18 Democratizing Data

NYU School of Law (presenter)

04/08-04/10 Othering & Belonging

Oakland, CA (presenter)

06/18 Open Labs I: Conversation on Land & Water - #DEPTHExibition

Detroit, MI (panel moderator) - 630pm

04/24/19 ACLU 100 Years

Cobo Center, Detroit, MI (performance)


Great Lakes Conference

Detroit, MI (performer/panelists)

08/30 - 09/1 2nd Annual Petty Propolis

Art Festival & Artist Retreat

Historic Idlewild, MI


06/29  Journaling for a Purpose

Detroit, MI


04/12 Environmental Justice & The Green New Deal


651 E. Jefferson Ave, Detroit

​530pm (performance)

06/11-06/14 RightsCon

Tunis, Tunisia (presenter)