About the speaker

Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books Breaking Old Rhythms and her latest release How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor, Ann Voskamp and the Voices Project Historically Black College and University Tour.

Amena is also the host of the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name and the co-host of podcast, Here for the Donuts. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, travel and perform together and they also host a regular open mic in Atlanta every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.

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Send one scary email today. A scary email is sending an email to someone who has no reason to say yes to what I'm asking or who will certainly reject me. If you got one, send it. Start and start small. — Amena Brown Owen

Take your creative anxiety and bring it into the room with you. You’ll find your vulnerability, you’ll find your humanity – the thing that connects all of us to each other. When you bring that into your creative process, you can actually create from this very honest and authentic place. And that’s what we identify with. — Amena Brown Owen

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Thanks for this! I loved how PROCRASTINATION is part of the presented creative process. So true. (tho it can not be confused with idleness, etc)

Sheldon Schwartz