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A Delicious Taste of Poetry – Aja-Monet

December 25, 2008


Never in this lifetime have I met a poet, younger than myself, who has moved my spirit with inspiration and every emotion that is uplifting. I first met Aja-Monet on a summer Sunday evening at Abiodun Oyewole’s open house in Harlem. Listening to her poetry felt like the supernatural experience you feel during the time of worship with a higher power. I was so overwhelmed with positive emotions as I intently listened to every metaphor she creatively put together to describe her story.

aja-monetCurrently a senior at Sarah Lawrence College studying religion and writing, she is an independent soul with the heart and courage of a lion. She encompasses a magnetic presence and is a natural humanitarian working as a mentor, art-therapist, and teacher with non profit organizations such as Urban Word NYC, an organization that provides the inner city youth with workshops and opportunities to perform, Odyssey House, an enhanced therapeutic community providing innovative services and programs for drug related troubled individuals and families, and In Arms Reach Inc., a community based art, music, counseling and academic mentoring program which is created to strengthen family ties by arranging for youth to visit their parents in prison.


Nuyorican Finals 2007

Aja-Monet has had much success in  accomplishing her goals in the poetry world. Her poetry is praised by many successful poets, mentors such as, Saul Williams, Mahogany L Browne, Abiodun Oyewole, Bob Holman, Jeffrey McDaniel, and a few other accomplished writers. She was a part of the Urban Word Slam Team in 2005, was voted Nuyorican Grandslam Champion in 2007, and has once organized one of the largest poetry events to have taken place, with some of the biggest contemporary poets, on her campus for Hurricane Katrina Relief. As a result, Aja-Monet has raised over $8,000 dollars for New Orleans Victims  and has worked hard to create awareness among the poetry community in using the talents of artists to bring forth consciousness.

Aja on her 20th Birthday

Aja on her 20th Birthday

Aja-Monet will be performing soon in San Diego, California in April 2009 and performs often in NYC at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, bar 13, and the Bowery Poetry Cafe.

To Book Aja-Monet for an event please email

Feel Free to Explore More at

Aja-Monet’s Myspace Page

Aja-Monet’s Website

Aja-Monet’s Reverb Nation Page

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2008 7:56 pm

    yeah. she’s performed at my university. she’s pretty dope, and down-to-earth.

    • lyricspoetic permalink*
      December 26, 2008 8:01 pm

      I agree. She’s an amazingly inspirational young lady. Thanks for reading. There should be more blogs that will interest you:)


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