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El'Ja / Bio

LeJuane "El'Ja" Bowens was born on July 30,1981 in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Lima, Ohio in 1986 where he went to school and later graduated Lima Senior High in June of 2000.Thinking that he didn’t have a chance to get in college, he joined the U.S.Army in August of the same year. Throughout the six years of being in the service, and being deployed to Iraq on two different occasions, he started to put his thoughts on paper. Once starting out as only doing poems of love and loneliness, he started to understand that there is more than life than just two emotions and begin to write about almost everything he felt covered the very aspect of life itself in his eyes.

But it was in the year of 2005 when a friend and fellow poet/writer Keith A. Anderson asked him to take his writing more seriously and try to show the world what he has to say. After deciding to take the advice,LeJuane put a few of his poems on the internet via poetry sites and the feedback that came back from the people that read each one was more than enough to let him know that this may be his calling.

Through poetry, he feels that he can pull people into his world by branching out to them by explaining what he feels are pieces of human nature and will that put together what we all call life

Now,an accomplished author,performer, poet, writer,CEO of So Many Words Ent.,and teacher, there is no telling to what doors that this man will not come across or avenue he will not write about.

He also has performed in numerous slams and featured in 12 states.He also participated in the 2009 Women's Empowerment Expo Talent Search and is the winner of the 2009 2nd Annual McDonald's Food For Thought Poetry Slam Tour,2010 East Carolina University's Survival of the Illest Slam Champion and placed within the top 30 poets @ the 2010 Southern Fried Poetry Slam & within the Top 50 at Southern Fried 2012.As of 2013,he was ranked 24 at Southern Fried 2013.Also,in 2010,he was crowned as one of the Kings of Poetry in NC by poet/pioneer,Sean Ingram and was featured to be the 1st poet to have his work featured in the Obama Art Museum located in Raleigh,NC(the 1st and only of its kind in North Carolina).As of 2013,he is the 1st ever NC Poet to compete in three different Grand Slam Finals in three different cities & win ALL three slams(Fayetteville,Charlotte,and Durham)and,along with the Bull City Slam Team,won the 22nd Southern Fried Poetry Slam.They are also ranked 24th in the country at the 2014 National Poetry Slam and El'Ja been nominated for Spoken Word Artist of the Year at the 5th Annual National Poetry Awards.He is one of the founders for the Southeastern Regional NC Poetry Slam held twice a year in Fayetteville,NC along with being the creator of the Facebook Group Page,Six Word Stories.A group that currently has over 6500 members that create stories using six words.

He also is a songwriter and producer.His musical influences range from Isley Brothers,Teddy Pendergrass,Luther Vandross to today's artists like Musiq Soulchild,Dwele,and Anthony Hamilton,and Foreign Exchange.When it's all said and done,El'Ja is just wanting to accomplish one goal,and that is to speak life and live life correctly.

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Spoken Word / Neo-soul / Hip Hop/Alternative

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Fayetteville, NC

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