with Aja Monet, Zora Howard, Alysia Harris & DJ Sienna Chanel
Fri July 4th, 2014
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $20/$25/$30
free for members
VIP (seated + gift bag)- $30
General Admission – $20
Day of Show- $25
This is a general admission, standing event.
Considered “the Lauryn Hill of her generation”, this University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate’s skillful writing and soulful delivery will shake any room she speaks in. Ms. Mans began stringing rhymes together as a middle-schooler in Newark, New Jersey. in college, she began mentoring younger poets and teaching creative writing through the University of Wisconsin’s First Wave program. Her willingness to eloquently critique the state of feminism in Hip-Hop and address powerful topical poems about black life in America has elevated her to the next level. Ms. Mans is a writer who uniquely received a publishing deal at age 21. Selling copies of her book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, worldwide, this young author’s accolades reach from the Broadway stage to the HBO screen. As a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ms. Mans is committed to using her “battle-bars” skills to bring social consciousness to the masses.
As the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title, Ms. Monet is recognized for combining her spellbound voice and powerful imagery on stage. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Ms. Monet received her BA in Liberal Arts and was awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry, established to recognize undergraduates whose work in poetry “effectively examines relationships among women, especially in the context of justice for everyone.” She then went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her Graduate thesis was also her ﬁrst compilation of music and poetry. Entitled: Scared to Make Love/Scared Not To, it is a testament to her creative lens and a social commentary on the discussion of love.
Ms. Monet independently published her ﬁrst book of poetry, The Black Unicorn Sings. In 2012, she collaborated with poet/musician Saul Williams on a book entitled, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. She is currently working on new music and a book of poems to be released in 2014.
Ms. Howard is a Harlem raised writer and actress. Learning the balance of writing for personal expression and performing for a theatre audience, she discovered the world of performance poetry at the age of thirteen. In 2009, she was named the inaugural NYC Youth Poet Laureate by the Office of the Mayor where she published her first collection of poems, CLUTCH. Additionally, her collaboration with filmmaker Lisa Russell on the short film “Biracial Hair”, based on her original poem of the same title, won an Emmy for Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity. As a Yale University graduate, Ms. Howard continues to stay committed to the uplift of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated. Her work is in praise of all of our beauty and all of our ugliness too.
Ms. Harris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a PhD from Yale University and is an MFA student at NYU. Though intrigued by the scientific study of language as a linguist, as a poet she uses it as a creative probe to explore the emotional, spiritual, and relational realms of the human experience. Alysia is a two-time national spoken word champion and featured in the HBO Documentary Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices.
Ms. Harris’ poems have garnished well over 2 million views on YouTube. Alysia is committed to the renaissance of courage and transparency. Her work uses the medium of words to explore the joys, sorrows, intricacies and passions of the human heart with uncompromising honesty.