As a poet, speaker, author, and event host...
Amena Brown’s words excite, ignite and inspire. Whether in front of audiences as intimate as 50 or as sprawling as 20,000, she has something to say that matters.
Amena’s debut book release, Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God, explores how experiences such as deejaying, learning to dance, having a broken heart, and practicing the rules of improv can teach us about our life’s rhythm and how we can better tune our ears and lives to the rhythm of God.
The author of spoken word CD “Live at Java Monkey,” Amena has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as The RightNow Conference, Creativity World Forum, Catalyst Conference, Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor.
She and her husband, Matt, also known as DJ Opdiggy, travel and perform a presentation of poetry, monologue and deejaying. They also host a regular open mic in Atlanta every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee.
Along with her spoken word recordings, Amena has participated in numerous professional and live recordings including two poems on Gungor’s album “A Creation Liturgy,” a collection of video poems with Bluefish TV and the Voice Bible, and as a featured speaker in the Women of the Bible DVD series.
She also speaks at conferences and events for high school and college students, young adults, and women, where she has facilitated several workshops and breakout sessions on creativity, singleness, relationships, writing, building artistic community and becoming an artist entrepreneur.
As a part of a generation that is searching for the real and the genuine in an age of constant carbon copy, Amena is both regal and dramatic in her creative interpretation on the stage, and in her candid and expressive conversation one on one. This nonconformist lends her voice to finding inspiration, truth, and purpose and encourages those she encounters to do the same.
ARTIST AND ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP
A full-time artist for over 3 years, Amena learned through triumphs, lessons, and hard knocks, that being a full-time artist also means becoming an entrepreneur. In this session, Amena discusses how to turn your creative passion into a vocation, cultivate your craft, setup your business, and make the most of your day job.
BUILDING ARTIST COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
Whether you consider yourself an artist, are leading a team of artists, or live in a city with a vibrant arts scene, this session provides a guide to leading and building community with artists. Amena outlines artist needs, how to cultivate inspiration, and how to equip artists to engage community in your organization and beyond.
FOR SINGLE WOMEN WORKSHOP
Having had her fair share of bad dates, break ups, and wasted days waiting on phone calls and text messages, Amena decided to make the most of her Friday night, take her single life and live it on the edge. In this session, Amena discusses how to enjoy your single life and live it to the fullest.
LIVE CREATIVELY WORKSHOP
Being creative is not just for artistic types. Harnessed well, creativity can add a fresh perspective to any area of life. Using crayons, magazine cutouts and collage, Amena facilitates an experiential session, where live creatively is not just a concept but a place to put action to your creativity.
WORDS TEENAGE GIRLS SHOULD CARRY WORKSHOP
In this session targeted to high school girls, Amena communicates the words that can help guide girls through their teen years and into womanhood through scripture, comedy, and personal anecdote. Amena shares her story of remaining abstinent until marriage, as well as discussing the importance of each girl knowing her unique beauty, worth, and value.
Amena can also customize workshops on art, writing, singleness, and leadership in the arts for your conference, business, organization, women’s event, or college event.