“The spirit of her work finds its niche at the
intersection of arts and activism.”
Manon Voice is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, a multi-hyphenate–poet and writer, spoken word artist and filmmaker, actor, hip-hop
emcee, educator, and community builder. The spirit of her work finds its niche at the intersection of arts and activism. She has performed on diverse stages across the country in the power of the word and has taught and facilitated writing and poetry workshops widely. 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, Indianapolis Monthly, The Indianapolis Star, FAFCollective, Pattern Magazine, and Sidepiece Magazine. 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.
While 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, Patchwork Indy, and more. She has received numerous awards for her 2021 Directorial Debut Film, Where They Drag The Boats. 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.
Manon was 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; a 2022 Editorial Fellow with the Center for Humans and Nature in Illinois, and the 2022 Artistic Curator for WE CANN C.H.A.T. Black Table Talk. She will begin teaching Hip-Hop Studies at Butler University in the Fall of 2022.