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Monifa Lemons Jackson

The Watering Hole Poetry
Co-Founder/Director
Columbia, SC

Monfia Lemons is an artist, writer, and educator. She is the co-founder and director of The Watering Hole, a writing retreat and artist development project for writers of color. Also recognized as SelahthePoet, Monifa began her poetic journey in Columbia, SC in the late 90s, where she hosted and featured at open mic venues for over 15 years. Originally from New York City, Monifa has studied theatrical arts most of her life and performed in plays, including Dreamgirls in SC at Workshop Theatre and Two Trains Running at Black Spectrum Theatre in NY. Most recently a published poet, her work can now be found in “Home is Where,” an anthology of Southern poets, edited by Dr. Kwame Dawes. She currently resides in Lugoff, SC where she is mommying her girls and writing daily towards her first manuscript.