Janae Johnson is a black queer poet, community organizer, teaching artist, and full-time educator. Hailing from California, she is the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion as well as a 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is also the Co-Fnder of both: he Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, California, nd The ouse Slam poetry venue in Boston, MA. Janae’s poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, PBS Newshour, Blavity, and Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression. Her work aims to address the intricacies of black masculinity while balancing her love for her family, Motown music, and women's basketball. Janae holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and facilitates writing and performance workshops for all ages. She currently resides in Berkeley, CA.