Poetry Performed by a Theatrical Voice, Vincent Moniz Jr.

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Native American poet shares stories, experiences

By Mary Schmitt
Contributing Writer
A full auditorium welcomed Minnesota Writer Series guest Vincent Moniz Jr. to ARCC on Feb 18.
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Moniz is a Native American actor, artist and writer with a list of accomplishments in tow. His work has been published and performed in various settings, mostly revolving around Native American and local literary settings. He has performed at Revolver Magazine’s Revolver at the Ritz. His artwork hangs on the walls at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in their new exhibit “Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes.” Most recently he achieved the status of Individual Word Poetry Slam, Indigenous Poetry Slam Champion.

The local artist has stood out in the community in recent years as he’s begun sharing his free verse poetry. Moniz said that many people consider him to be a “spoken word poet” or a “slam poet”, but he begs to differ. During a Q&A session after his performance, he explained that the difference between himself and other poets is simply that he “emotes;” he chooses to actually perform his poetry, rather than just speak it. Commenting further on it, he said it is “Quite possibly because I have a background in theater.”

Having grown up in the Minnesota Writer Series Guest - Vincent Moniz, Jr.Phillips, Minneapolis neighborhood, many of his poems revolve around his experiences living as an “Urban Indian.”

In an interview with Moniz, he says what he hopes students will take away from his performance are the stories.

“I like the story. I like to be able to get up and share something,” said Moniz.

To learn more about Moniz and hear past performances, visit his website here.

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