Janae Johnson is a black queer poet, community organizer, teaching artist, and full-time educator. Hailing from California, she is the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion as well as a 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is also the Co-Founder & Co-Director of both: The Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, California, and The House Slam poetry venue in Boston, MA.
Janae’s poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, PBS Newshour, Blavity, and Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression. Her work aims to address the intricacies of black masculinity while balancing her love for her family, Motown music, and women’s basketball . Janae holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and facilitates writing and performance workshops for all ages. She currently resides in Berkeley, CA.