Janae Johnson

WRITER, PERFORMER, EDUCATOR, CURATOR, DJ

Janae Johnson is a multi-disciplinary artist: writer, performer, host, educator, storyteller, DJ & vibe curator. She is a Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, National Poetry Slam Champion & Write Bloody Author . Her writing encompasses Black queer masculinity, kinship, women’s basketball and our connections to [soul] music as a means to understand our joy. Janae is a teaching artist with a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from University of Delaware. She is a founder of two award-winning and nationally recognized poetry venues: The Root Slam (Oakland, CA) and The House Slam (Boston, MA). Her work has appeared in outlets such as: PBS Newshour, ESPN & Button Poetry. Janae’s full-length poetry collection Lessons on Being Tender Headed is forthcoming in March 2022.

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