Aja Monet is the third poet in our summer poetry series. Her poem, "Mobilizing a Movement of the Mind," tells the story of technology's impact on connecting us as humans across continents and generations.
Aja has served as a youth mentor, poetry mentor, and poetry slam coach for Urban Word NYC, working with at-risk youth in inner-city New York. She has also worked with Odyssey House as poetry/performance program coordinator, teacher, and mentor for three years. Aja received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and is currently a graduate student working on her Master of Fine Arts in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
All of these original poems focus on the real-life uses and impact of the network on our daily lives. We will publish a poem each Friday throughout the summer. We hope you have a great summer, and we hope that this series gives you a little different way of learning about the power of the network in our lives.
"Who could have prepared us for video messaging, watching a smile form or an eye tear, listening to laughter unwind in our ears from rooms around the world?"
Other poets featured in this series are: Aneta Brodski, Bob Holman, Rachna Vohra, Jon Sands, Mahogany Browne, Patrick Rosal, Tahani Salah, Shappy Seasholtz, and Edwin Torres. The dates of the poems are listed here.
The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site worked with Ironbound Films to produce a series of original poems written and performed by some of the best spoken word poets in the world. All performances were filmed at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan.