Aja Monet, NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary WorkPoetry 2018, is an internationally established poet, educator and human rights activist of CubanJamaican decent. Harry Belafonte has called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist”. Her craft is an indepth reflection of emotional wisdom, skill, and activism. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title, she is recognized for combining her spellbound voice and powerful imagery on stage. In her poetry Monet poses questions about the power of the imagination and metaphor in how we engage with local and global issues, like racism, colonialism and sexism. Monet is active with community organizing through her work with the Dream Defenders and the Community Justice Project. Monet was a featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington DC where she read the title poem of her latest book My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter (Haymarket books 2017). Monet’s other books include InnerCity ChantsCyborg Cyphers (2015), and The Black Unicorn Sings (Penmanship books). In addition, she collaborated with poet/musician Saul Williams on the book Chorus: a literary mixtape (MTV books/Simon & Schuster).