LeJuane "El'Ja" Bowens is a writer, poet, host, and workshop facilitator who has performed in numerous slams and featured in 15 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 2014,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 21st in the country at the 2015 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 and he is a featured poet on All Def Poetry; a Youtube channel produced and facilitated by Russell Simmons (The Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications and cofounded the hip-hop music label Def Jam)
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.