Poet Aja Monet explores identity as part of Writers-in-Residence series

Aja Monet
September 30, 2015

St. Augustine, Fla. – As part of Flagler College’s Writers-in-Residence series, poet Aja Monet will be reading some of her work, centered on the complexity of identity, in the Flagler Room on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.
Monet has two books of poetry. In “Inner-City Chants & Cyborg Cyphers,” she “explores the double consciousness, or two realms, that those who are oppressed, especially women of color, manage everyday: confronting the everyday physical realities of their situations and the mental travel needed to cope, survive, and transform bleak situations,” according to Modern Griot Review. It is a testimony to family and self, memory, loss and remembrance, home and the journey away from home to find one’s self — and to build a stronger community.
“The Black Unicorn Sings” was independently published in 2010. Of this collection, the Dodge Poetry Festival wrote, “Throughout Monet’s poems in ‘The Black Unicorn Sings,’ she returns to strong female characters, and sometimes to broken female characters that need some uplifting. In both of these cases, Monet is celebrating the spirit of women and what they are capable of, with herself often as a primary example of this.”
In 2012, she collaborated with poet and musician Saul Williams on a book titled “Chorus: A Literary Mixtape.”
The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Flagler Room, 74 King Street. Call (904) 819-6339 or visit here for more information.

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Flagler College is a private, four-year comprehensive college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 32 majors, 44 minors and two pre-professional programs. Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost. A Flagler education is less than half the cost of similar private colleges, and competitive with many state universities. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for its historic beauty. The centerpiece of the campus is the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark built in 1888 by railroad pioneer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu.