Aja Monet is a surrealist blues poet, storyteller and organizer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She won the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam poetry award title in 2007 and follows in the long legacy and tradition of poets participating and assembling in social movements. Her first full collection of poems is titled, My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter, published by Haymarket Books. Her poems explore gender, race, migration, and spirituality.
In 2018, she was nominated for a NAACP Literary Award For Poetry and in 2019 was awarded the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award For Poetry for her cultural organizing work in South Florida. Aja Monet co-founded a political home for artists and organizers called, Smoke Signals Studio. She facilitates “Voices: Poetry For The People,” a workshop and collective in collaboration with Community Justice Project and Dream Defenders. She is currently working on her next full collection of poems entitled, Florida Water.