Manòn Voice is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a poet and writer, spoken word artist, hip-hop emcee, educator, social justice advocate, community builder, and practicing contemplative.
She has performed on many diverse stages across the country in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art and poetry workshops widely, working with organizations such as Women Writing for (a) Change, Arts for Learning Indiana, Notre Dame Americorps, Regeneration Indy, Indiana’s WomIN’s Festival and Purdue University. She has been a featured poet and performer in noteworthy Indianapolis productions such as “The Wake” and “Village Voices Notes from a Griot.” Manòn Voice has performed alongside Broadway singer and actress Jennifer Holliday for Brothers United World AIDS Day, Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, International Poet and Philosopher David Whyte, and has opened for acts such as WNBA Championship basketball player Tamika Catchings and Judge Joe Mathis.
Her poetry has appeared in publications such as The Flying Island, The Indianapolis Review, The House Life Project: People + Property Series, Sidepiece Magazine, and The World We Live(d) In anthology. She has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Indy NUVO, The Indianapolis Recorder, The Indianapolis Star, FAFCollective, and Pattern Magazine. She has been a panelist for Indianapolis-based organizations: Indy10 Black Lives Matter, Don’t Sleep, Circles Indy, IUPUI’s Social Justice Symposium, and national organizations such as La Raza for Liberation and AmeriCorps, focusing on the intersections of race, gender, art, and activism.
Manòn Voice is a board member of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, a private non-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education, and outreach. She is also an editorial board member for Indy Maven, a publication connecting women in central Indiana through storytelling and events. In 2017, Manòn Voice co-founded the Hear Me Project, an organization that practices the centering of powerful questions in civic dialogue to create spaces for individual and community healing.
In 2017, Manòn Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana and in 2018 she traveled to Avila, Spain with the organization Mystic Soul to study contemplative practices through the lens of Saint and Mystic Teresa de Avila. In 2018, Manòn received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. In 2020, Manòn Voice was a featured Art and Soul artist with the Arts Council of Indianapolis; a recipient of the 2020 Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis; the 2020 Activist in Residence for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Banned Books Week; 2020 featured poet and speaker for Spirit and Place Festival Public Conversation and is a selected artist for the 2021 On-Ramp cohort with the Indiana Arts Commission. Manòn Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery, and inspiration can occur. She considers herself a poetic documentarian, exploring the blurry edges of our past, present, and future selves while illuminating the possibilities of our astounding human potential and capacity.
Contributions to HumansandNature.org:
- Belonging to Our Bodies
A response to the question, How do we create communities to which all of us can belong?
- Time Capsule
A response to the question, What kind of ancestor do you want to be?
- Manòn Voice
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