Monica Daye

Monica Daye

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Biography

Rarely does the universe produce a talent such as author, and activist Monica Daye. Hailing from Durham, North Carolina this fearless woman, and fierce spit-fire poet touches audiences around the country with her biting poetry, soulful stories, and heartfelt commitment to the healing of women and community. As the founder of STAND-UP SPEAK-OUT, Monica’s personal mission is to speak out and act out against sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Stand Up-Speak Out is a community outreach program dedicated to eradicating sexual assault and domestic violence. Through Monica’s guidance and leadership, Stand Up-Speak Out has hosted such events as, “Women Against Domestic Violence, Men Against Domestic Violence, candle-light vigils, panel discussions, protest, and educational workshops. In April 2006 Daye was awarded the Community Oriented Underground Poet’s award by the National Underground Spoken Word & Poetry committee. Each year Monica’s plans to expand S.U.S.O by creating men’s group and youth advocacy programs.

Monica’s awe-inspiring performances have blessed her with opportunities to open up for the “ Legendary Last Poets” and have left her audiences speechless and motivated to join her in ending violence against women. She has graced numerous stages, performing at NCCU, East Carolina University, Duke University, St. Augustine College, The Kings and Queens of Poetry, Duke University, and Markham Chapel. Ms. Daye has been featured on K97.5 and 103.9’s special broadcast, “Raising Awareness to the Community on HIV”.

In 2005 this trailblazer started Shairi’s Open-Mic Poetry held at the Marvell Event Center in downtown Durham. Shairi’s provides a wonderful alternative to Durham’s nightlife and boasts out-of-town artists and packed audiences every month. In January 2006 Monica partnered with Duke University to blast Shairi’s over the airwaves and now reaches audiences world-wide . Shairi’s Poetry Radio Show offers a variety of music from independent/underground artist. The show features every Friday night Hosted by Ms. Daye and DaPoet Tim Jackson. The dynamic duo is bringing back the days when radio made you feel good about being Black and Proud!
Monica’s debut collection of poetry entitled, And You Thought You Had Problems, was released in winter of 2003 by Author House Publishing in Indiana. The book chronicles the trials and tribulations of a young woman as she experiences the horrors of sexual assault and is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Daye’s lastest project “7 Days of Freedom”, a spoken word album was released May 2006.
Monica continues the tradition of women artists devoted to the revolution of mind, body, and spirit. She is a force to be reckoned with in a world of hesitators and continues to leave a lasting impression in North Carolina communities.

Discography

And You Thought You Had Problems(The Book Released 2003)
7 Days of Freedom (Album Released 2006)