Associate Director of Programs
Janae Johnson is a Senior Program Manager at Youth Speaks. She is a poet, community organizer, curator and teaching artist. Janae is the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion as well as a 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is also the Co-Founder & Co-Director of both: The Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, California, and The House Slam poetry venue in Boston, MA. Janae is also an Executive Council Member of Poetry Slam, Incorporated.
Her poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, PBS Newshour, and Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression. Janae currently resides in Berkeley, CA & enjoys discussing Stevie Wonder, and black musicals.