Ajanae Dawkins is a Michigan and New York Native. She received a degree in English Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison on a full-tuition scholarship with the OMAI First Wave, Hip-hop and Urban Arts scholarship for her poetry. She has performed and featured at venues across the country, been published in numerous publications, and her work has been featured on For Harriet, Def Jam, and Button Poetry. She’s won of slew awards including Tinderbox Poetry Journal’s Editors Prize, two-time individual finalist for the Rustbelt regional slam, crowning her as one of the top five poets in the midwest, twice, and was awarded artist of the year by Delta Sigma Theta sorority incorporated. She is currently an editor for Voicemail Poems, the theology editor for EcoTheo Collective, an MDiv candidate at Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and recently graduated with her MFA from Randolph College. The only thing she believes in more than poems is the transformative power of Jesus Christ.