Aja Monet will deliver the keynote reading at the 5th annual Westchester Poetry Festival. Monet is an internationally established poet, singer-songwriter and human rights advocate. The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title (at age 19), Ms. Monet is recognized for combining her spellbinding voice and powerful imagery on stage, captivating audiences in the United States, Europe and Cuba.
In 2014, Monet received the “One to Watch Award” from the YWCA of the City of New York. The annual award honors a woman under the age of 30 who exemplifies the organization’s mission: “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
The festival, co-sponsored by The Masters School and The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in historic Estherwood Mansion on The Masters School campus. The event will feature readings by students, as well as by the following acclaimed poets, all published: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Suzanne Cleary, Katy Lederer, and Matthew Thornburn.
The festival is open to the public; high school students and adults are welcome to attend. Admission and parking are free of charge. For more information, please contact Judy Murphy, Masters School Librarian, at [email protected] or 914-479-6419; or Jennifer Franklin, Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Director of Programs, at [email protected] or 914-332-5953.