Summer Lecture Series with Aja Monet
The Watermill Center’s Summer Lecture Series engages with the local community through intriguing dialogue and creative collaboration across disciplines.
Aja Monet, NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry 2018, is an internationally established poet, educator and human rights activist of Cuban-Jamaican decent. Harry Belafonte has called Aja Monet “The true definition of an artist”. Her craft is an in-depth 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 Inner-City Chants & Cyborg 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).
Founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary and theater director Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities located on Long Island’s East End. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, Watermill integrates performing arts practice with resources from the humanities, research from the sciences and inspiration from the visual arts. The Center is unique within the global landscape of experimental artistic practice and regularly convenes the brightest minds from across disciplines to do, in Wilson’s words, “what no one else is doing.”