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KaNikki Jakarta

Poet Laureate of Alexandria, VA 2022

KaNikki Jakarta is a performance poet. Born in Mobile, Alabama, she earned a BA in public relations / marketing.

Jakarta is the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir, including Alabama Girl, Virginia Woman (Great Publishing Company, LLC, 2021), and the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Self Healing Volume II (Brave Healer Productions, 2020)

She is the inaugural poet in residence for Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association. Jakarta hosts #KaNikkiHarmony and facilitates several workshops in Alexandria, Virginia. She is the co-founder of Keep the Mic On, an online, womyn-led artistic experience and the first African American poet laureate of Alexandria, Virginia. In 2022, Jakarta received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship

KaNikki Jakarta
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Poet Laureate of Alexandria, VA

Poet Laureate of Alexandria, VA

In 2022, KaNikki Jakarta was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Jakarta will launch “How to Poet,” an eight-week workshop/seminar offered virtually and in person. Spoken word poets will utilize their experiences to create a curriculum with step-by-step information. “How To Poet” will also offer performance mentorships to young poets ages sixteen to twenty-one. The workshops and seminars will assist with a wide variety of topics such as manuscripts, marketing, and booking profitable performance opportunities. Performance mentors will provide information to youth on stage presence, poem memorization, tone, pace, pitch, and more.