B i o g r a p h y
Monique Franklin (Verbal Oasis), is an activist, poet, performer, scientist, and mother from Rainier Valley, Seattle. She has been referred to as “The unofficial poet laureate of South Seattle,” “The Billie Holiday of Spoken Word,” “the Verbal Manifestation of Nina Simone’s Soul” , “The High Priestess of prose, poetry and the art of storytelling" and "The Soul Seamstress". Monique is a 15+ year member of African American Writers' Alliance and has self-published three volumes of poetry entitled Acoustic Accolades, Erotic Annals of a Poet and Mama'z Muezz. She has released three spoken word albums Acoustic Accolades Volume 1, Hot Summer Nights and Mama'z Muezz all are available on soundcloud. As a performer you can find her poetry commingling with the ancestors, musicians, vocalist and dancers. The subject matter of her poetry stems from the rich spectrum of her life experiences. This woman is a creative soul.
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