Manón Voice, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a multi-hyphenate, poet and writer, spoken word artist, film producer, hip-hop emcee, educator, and community builder. The spirit of her work finds its niche at the intersection of art and activism with an ethos of bridging the past, present and future, as part of prophetic imagination. She has performed on diverse stages across the country in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art and poetry workshops widely. She has been a featured poet and performer in noteworthy productions such as “The Wake”, “Village Voices Notes from a Griot” and “Nina High Priestess of Soul” with the Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Manon Voice has performed alongside Broadway singer and actress, Jennifer Holliday, Poet Adrian Matejka, Artist and Songstress, Opal Staples, 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 The Flying Island, The Indianapolis Review, The House Life Project: People + Property Series, Sidepiece Magazine, The World We Live(d) In anthology, The Indianapolis Anthology, Questions for a Resilient Future and Kinship: A World of Relations. She has been featured in publications such as Indy NUVO, The Indianapolis Recorder, The Indianapolis Star, FAFCollective and Pattern Magazine.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, Manon Voice is co-founder of Kindred Collective, LLC., (www.wearekindredcollective.com) an organization that gives voice to equity through workshops and consulting. She 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 and Indy Maven, a publication connecting women in central Indiana through storytelling and events. She is a teaching artist for Arts for Learning Indiana, where she utilizes poetry and spoken word to educate youth and young adults and is trained in civic reflection and has facilitated for the Powerful Conversations on Race series hosted by Spirit and Place community project.
In 2017, Manon Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana. In 2018, Manon received a nomination for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Collaborating in poetry and film, Manon has been commissioned for projects by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Women's Fund of Central Indiana, Spirit and Place Festival, One America, and Patchwork Indy. In 2020, Manon 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 and 2020 featured poet and speaker for Spirit and Place Festival Public Conversation. Additionally, Manon is a selected artist for the 2021 On-Ramp cohort with the Indiana Arts Commission; a 2021 Artist Building Community Fellow with Arts For Learning Indiana and a 2021 Editorial Fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature based in Chicago, IL.