aja monet
2007 Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion

Bob Holman eloquently describes her as a, "glutton for love and beauty" - classically surrealist. I haven't heard a 'humming bird released from a mother's ribcage in the last week or two,' wow."  

Only 19 years old, Aja-Monet, depicts a world in us not yet known. A Cuban-Jamaican representing East New York, Brooklyn, Aja-Monet is currently attending Sarah Lawrence College, concentrating in Writing and Religion. Monet has been on the Urban Word NYC Slam Team in 2005 and represented New York City at the Brave New Voices Inter-National Poetry Slam in San Francisco, reigning, as the first NYC team to ever win the Youth National Poetry Slam team title. She has been featured at the 2005 Redhook Festival and the 2006 Brooklyn Literary Festival. She has also been featured in the Say It Loud magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, on the MNN television channel, and has been heard and interviewed on New York City's WBAI radio station on numerous occasions. As well, Aja-Monet has had three Human Relations Media documentary-educational films feature her talent, drive, passion, and story. She has shared the stage and performed for the likes of Russell Simmons, Reverend Run, Foxy Brown, Doug E Fresh, Wyclef Jean, Black Ice, Amir Sulaiman as well as countless others. A vivid, raw, and real expression of her experience and imagination, Aja-Monet moves audiences of all kind. She has been reviewed in the New York Times along with Camille A. Brown and Dancers for her "bold, glistening spoken word imagery" as quoted by Gay City News. Monet currently dedicates her time working with inner-city youth and poetry for non-profit organizations such as Urban Word NYC, In Arms Reach, and Odyssey House. Aja-Monet was recently selected as a student poet to read in the 2007 Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival along with Jeffrey McDaniel, Sonia Sanchez, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Phillip Levine.--If Aja-Monet could ask that everyone come away from hearing her with one thing, it would be their soul; that they might learn to love it, to carry it, and the importance of nurturing it.

See National Teams/2007 and Grand Slam Finales/2007.