Monet explores the double consciousness, or two realms, that she as a poet and those who are oppressed, especially women of color, manage everyday – confronting their situations and imagining outside of that reality…
~ Aker: Futuristically Ancient
If you dig poetry, this is for you. If you dig music, this is for you. If you are a woman, this is for you. If you’re a man, yep, for you too. Hell, if you’re an alien…
~ Jason Reynolds, OkayPlayer
An Internationally Recognized Multitalented Artist Returns to Her East New York Base With Poems and Songs that Address Issues In Our Communities and Lives
Front Porch Stories &
Thur, Sept 11, 7pm | Mon, Sept 15, 7:30pm
Fri, Sept 19, 12pm
“The true definition of an artist” is how Harry Belafonte describes Aja Monet, an internationally established poet, performer, and educator from East New York. She is recognized for her spellbinding voice, stage presence, and imagery that captivates audiences around the globe. For BEAT 2014, she returns to her East New York roots to share work on issues of family, community, gentrification, and home while also performing in the MetroTech Commons and BEAT Opening Night.
Who Is Aja Monet?
Aja Monet is the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title. She has been showcased at On Broadway at the Town Hall Theater, Apollo Theater, Paradiso in Amsterdam, and countless other stages. She was invited by the UN Youth Delegates to perform for ambassadors, national politicians, diplomats, and directors of various agencies at the United Nations. Monet works with inner-city youth as a Teaching Artist for Urban Word NYC, as well as Urban Arts Partnership, where she encourages students to transform the world by transforming themselves.
Photo Credits: Steven Schreiber (all)