About Me

Ariel K. Moniz (she/her) is a queer Black poetess, editor, and Hawaii local currently living abroad. She is a co-founder of The Hyacinth Review, and has served as a poetry reader for The Lumiere Review as well as the social media manager for Liminal Transit Review. She is the winner of the 2016 Droste Poetry Award and a Best of the Net nominee. Her writing has found homes with Blood Bath Literary Zine, Sledgehammer Literary Journal, Black Cat Magazine, and Sunday Mornings at the River Press, among others. She holds a B.A in English from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she once served as the editor-in-chief of Kanilehua Art & Literary Magazine. You can find her here on the blog, at any of the social media channels linked below, or meandering the coastline somewhere and staring out to sea.


The written word has always been my greatest love. I loved having books read to me as a small child, and I knew that I wanted to create my own stories one day. I began writing short pieces in elementary school and became completely enamored with poetry in my early teens. It was in writing that I was best able to analyze the world, express myself, and learn the most about who I am.

I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a B.A in English (and a minor in History) and spent the following years working at local bookstores, traveling, and writing my heart out before moving abroad from my little hometown in Hawaii to Germany.

I always have a hundred ideas for stories and poems and novels floating about in my mind. Due to this, I own far too many notebooks, have stuffed my digital space full of Word files, and have over 300 typewritten pages of poems, waiting for me to breathe proper life into them.

I am most inspired by reading, nature, travel, racial justice, womanism, mental illness, the occult and witchcraft, trauma, belonging, sexuality, mythology/theology, the body, personal and cultural history, family, loss, and love. These themes influence much of my writing.

On most days you can find me missing the sea, worshipping the moon, making a cup of something hot and sweet to drink, adding to my massive TBR list, having some sort of mental break down, and/or daydreaming when I should be writing.

Join me on my journey as I write, read, get inspired, try to inspire others, and work my way towards my greatest dream— becoming a published poet and author.

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