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Aja Monet

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Aja Monet is an internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate. She received her BA in Liberal Arts in 2009 and was awarded The Andrea Klein Wilson Prize for Poetry, and her MA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. As a Teaching Artist for Urban Word NYC as well as Urban Arts Partnership in NYC, she uses poetry as a healing tool for at-risk inner city children, showing how words can be a form of encouragement and empowerment.

Monet was awarded the YWCA of the City of New York’s “Once to Watch Award” for her mission to eliminate racism and empower women, and is the youngest person to win the Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title. She has performed poetry in the United States, France, the UK, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bermuda, and Cuba. She has showcased in world-renowned venues including New York City’s Town Hall Theater and Apollo Theater, and the Paradiso in Amsterdam. By request of UN Youth Delegates, she has performed for ambassadors, national politicians, diplomats, directors of various agencies at the United Nations, and at the NAACP’s Barack Obama Inaugural event in Washington DC.

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