“The true definition of an artist” is how the iconic Harry Belafonte describes Aja Monet who is a poet, educator, and songwriter from East NY, Brooklyn.
She works with inner-city youth as a Teaching Artist for Urban Word NYC as well as Urban Arts Partnership in NYC. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (2009), Aja Monet received her BA in Liberal Arts and was awarded the The Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry which was established to recognize undergraduate students whose work in poetry “effectively examines relationships among women, especially in the context of justice for everyone.” She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title—at the age of 19—she is recognized for combining her spellbound voice and powerful imagery on stage, through storytelling, captivating audiences across the United States, France, the UK, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bermuda, and Cuba. In 2014, she was awarded the YWCA of the City of New York’s “One to Watch Award”—an award established in honor of Monet’s work to elevate women under the age of 30 who exemplify the mission of the organization: to empower women and eliminate racism. In 2015, she traveled to Palestine on a solidarity trip with the Dream Defenders where US activists from across the nation met with Palestinian activists and artists to share, create, and learn speaking out actively about the importance of solidarity in organizing. She currently works with Dream Defenders while traveling to perform and use poetry as a transformative methodology of the oppressed.
For more information about this artist, check out www.ajamonet.com