About the speaker

Like many others, Januarie got her start at writing early on and began writing poetry regularly in the 11th grade. She credits her start in poetry from sharing a poem at her grandfather’s funeral. She was suggested an open mic and upon attending her first, she was hooked. She popped her open mic cherry in 2004 and ultimately nicknamed herself “nSAYchable”. She would go on to become one of the top spoken word artists in her city.

Not one to stay inside of the box, Januarie York’s talent for writing extends well beyond the stage plateau. She has released two spoken word CDs, featured on a host of other artist’s albums as well as released a chapbook entitled “The Scary Beautiful” and is a recurring contributing blogger for the Indianapolis Recorder.

Her poems and stories are full of the type of descriptions that don’t stop at making a point, they paint pictures. She has worked alongside some of her mentors and peers and performed at a slew of University’s, Museums and local schools. She also created three poetic stage shows, that have been part improv, part acting; all poetry.

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It is so easy to find inhumanity. It's not as easy to have somebody speak life into you. It's not as easy to get somebody to look at you and be like "I don't know you, I've never met you, but I absolutely guarantee you, you are magical." — Januarie York

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