Artist Statement

A 2012-2013 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant Program Awardee and 2013 Intermedia Arts Beyond the Pure Fellow, R. VINCENT MONIZ, JR. writer, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is honing his writing skills in poetry, poetic monologue, and spoken word performance. His graphic art and art performance can be seen in video and print collaborations with Visual and Digital Efx Artist Jonathan Thunder and Author Heid E. Erdrich.

An enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation of Fort Berthold North Dakota R. Vincent Moniz, Jr. (NuEta) hails from the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis Minnesota. He has been part of the Twin Cities artistic community for over two decades as an actor, However, he has only shared his poetry a handful of times which includes 3 performances at The Loft Literary Center‘s highly Acclaimed, Equilibrium Series. At the E. Donald Two River Memorial Indigenous Spoken Word SLAM World Championships Vincent was crowned and is their current and reigning champion, this was the first slam competition he ever entered. Most recently he has he co-directed with Heid E. Erdrich and performed his poetry in a show presented by Pangea World Theater and Intermedia Arts entitled Artifact Traffic, a show that included live performances, poetry films, contemporary dance, with live music and singing. Vincent is a frequent special guest at, Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft and also performs throughout the region. You can see many of Vincent’s performances on his website, During the hot and humid summers of Minneapolis, you can sometimes catch Vincent at the Minneapolis American Indian Center’s outdoor amphitheater working and crafting his performance style. City Pages says Moniz “blends humor with social commentary.” Known to many by many different names, Vincent is proud of these bestowments, as the gift of name is tied to honor and respect within the culture of his tribe. Literary Death Match and his first kindergarten teacher call Vince a “Fire starter”.  Dah-Mah-Heh’s (Holy Arrow That Flies Straight) friends and family call him Waskaberry Boy, Waska, Junior, JUNEBUGG, Juju, Juj, Jumanji, and Mr. Wizard.

These are his cherished gifts and truths.