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Poet Aja Monet to Perform at Ramapo College for Women’s History Month

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 17, 2015

MAHWAH, NJ — Poet, performer and educator Aja Monet will speak and perform at Ramapo College of New Jersey as part of Women’s History month on Monday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Friends Hall. She is the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title.

Monet’s talk is entitled Conjured Women. She has captivated audiences across the United States and internationally through the power of the spoken word. Monet’s visit is sponsored by the Equity and Diversity Programs/Women’s Herstory Month Committee at Ramapo. It is free and open to the public.

Monet received her bachelor’s in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She received the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry. The award recognizes undergraduate students whose work examines relationships among women. Monet earned a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her graduate thesis, Scared to Make Love/Scared Not To, was her first compilation of music and poetry.

Monet published her first book of poetry, The Black Unicorn Sings in 2010 and collaborated in 2012 with poet/musician Saul Williams on Chorus: A Literary Mixtape.  She released a new music EP entitled Courage in 2014 and a video Be Brave earlier this year. For more information, visit www.ajamonet.com

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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