Monique “1985Poet” Porter is a New Orleans-based Poet and Art Activist who, through poetry, public art, and community engagement is devoted to controlling the cultural narrative by way of color and words.
Monique’s art activism has provided her the experience of collaborating with organizations including the City of New Orleans, Cultural Innovative District (CID), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the City of Los Angeles. Monique has spread her message that, “Love is The Revolution” in many forms from reciting poetry with members of the Black Panther Party for the Black Arts Movement Conference to cross walks, murals, and gallery exhibitions in New Orleans not to mention a mural in the mountains of Granada Hills soaring 959 feet into the air all of which highlight the art of resistance.
Monique uses her voice to rally for change. She is the creator of the 1985 Love Campaign, a heart driven initiative determined to rebuild and restore communities with love. As she would eagerly say, “You may wonder why I choose to display my cultural pride through my photos, art, and words. It is my responsibility to display our narratives through black womanhood, through the arts, and through different perspectives.” -1985Poet