Monica Prince was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado, where she learned how to wear high heels and love writing.
She attended Knox College for her B.A. in English Creative Writing with a minor in the Pedagogy of Poetry. While there, she worked for the Association for Black Culture Centers (A.B.C.C.) under Dr. Fred Hord and Ms. Terry Duffy. In addition, she was a TRiO Achievement Program scholar, as well as a Ronald E. McNair Fellow. Monica studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal for a semester in 2010, where she wrote 85 poems, struggled to speak Wolof, and decided to never join the Peace Corps.
Thanks to the support of TRiO, McNair, the creative writing department, and her honors committee, Monica wrote, co-directed, and performed in her college honors project in April 2012, Confessions in Living Color(ed), a choreopoem written about college-aged people of color navigating white spaces. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with College Honors from Knox College in June 2012.
Monica attended Georgia College & State University (GCSU) to pursue her Master's in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in creative writing, with a focus in poetry. In Milledgeville, she advised GCSU's D.N.S.T.P. chapter (Do Not Stop The Progress) of the nonprofit arts activism organization, Art as an Agent for Change (A.A.C.). Her work with the organization focused on using performance poetry as a tool for social justice.
She also facilitated and taught the Early College Writers in the Schools program, a creative writing endeavor that matched GCSU undergraduates with Early College seventh graders to teach them creative writing. She oversaw this program for two years as a graduate assistant.
The work with Early College gave Monica access to the Houston-based WITS program, and she started teaching creative writing and slam poetry in the annual summer Creative Writing Camp sponsored by WITS-Houston and Rice University's School Literacy & Culture department. Every summer from 2014 to 2017, Monica taught at the creative writing camp, working with middle and high school students.
As for her graduate work, Monica wrote, directed, and produced her graduate thesis project, Something to Keep Me Vertical, a choreopoem focused on millennial love, sex, and relationships. The show premiered at GCSU in February 2015, and later toured at South Georgia State College in April 2015. Monica graduated with her Master's in May 2015, and was inducted into the academic honors society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Following her graduation from Georgia College, Monica moved back to Denver, CO, to work in a bar. The extra time allowed her to attend the Maribar Writers Colony at Cricket Hill in October 2015. In 2016, she started teaching English Composition at Metropolitan State University at Denver, tutoring writing at Community College of Aurora, teaching creative writing to high school seniors at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO, writing book reviews and editing manuscripts for Aquarius Press, and writing book reviews and culture rants for the Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP) Quarterly. These five jobs allowed her to stop working in the bar and focus entirely on writing and publishing.
In 2017, Monica became the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania for 2017-2018, where she taught Senior Portfolio, Intro to Poetry, and Writing & Thinking.
During that academic year, Monica completed her third choreopoem, How to Exterminate the Black Woman, and became the managing editor of Santa Fe Writers Project (so, you know, send her some poetry or prose so she can make you famous).
Thanks to the sold-out performances of her choreopoem, How to Exterminate the Black Woman in April 2018 (and her excessive service and high-quality teaching and not at all due to her extravagant sense of self), Susquehanna University offered Monica a tenure-track position in the English & Creative Writing Department as an Assistant Professor of Activist and Performance Writing. Now she writes, performs, and high-key advises students on the magic they possess as creative writers -- full-time, for hopefully the rest of her life.
Monica Prince teaches activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of How to Exterminate the Black Woman: A Choreopoem ([PANK], 2020), Instructions for Temporary Survival (Red Mountain Press, 2019), and Letters from the Other Woman (Grey Book Press, 2018). She is the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, and the co-author of the suffrage play, Pageant of Agitating Women, with Anna Andes. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Texas Review, The Rumpus, MadCap Review, American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.
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