Kiera "Ashlee Haze" Nelson is a poet and spoken word artist from Atlanta by way of Chicago. Earning the nickname “Big 30" because of her consistency in getting a perfect score, she is one of the most accomplished poets in the sport of poetry slam. She has been a part of the Atlanta Poetry circuit for over a decade and has been writing over 15 years. She has performed everywhere from small coffee shops to the Apollo Theater. She is a 4-time member of Java Monkey Slam Team, 2011 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champions and the current slam mistress of the Decatur based team. Ashlee Haze is a 2-time Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist. She appears in “3-Minute Activists: The Soul of Slam” a feature-length documentary that examines the lives and work of some of Atlanta’s premier Spoken Word Artists.
Ashlee began writing at the age of ten, performing her first piece at a church Mother/Daughter Banquet. After that, writing became something she did almost daily. By age 15 she was regularly performing at public competitions and events.
In 2006, she was the Grand Prize Winner of V-103's "Got Word" Youth Poetry Slam and has participated in the art/sport ever since. Her senior year of high school she was co-president of South Gwinnett High’s Writers’ Society Club and had been published in three national publications. In August 2009, she made her first trip to the National Poetry Slam in which Java Monkey placed 5th in the nation.
Ashlee Haze holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Georgia State University, Atlanta. As of September 2016 she is a full time poet and artist.
In February 2016, she released a full-length collection of poems, “Land of the Living” in a live one-woman performance at Apache Café in Atlanta. She was recently named to the Executive Council of Poetry Slam, Inc. the organization that hosts the National Poetry Slam, the Women of the World Poetry Slam, and the Individual World Poetry Slam. Ashlee Haze currently serves as co-slam master and coach for her beloved Java Monkey Slam Team for the 2016-2017 slam season. She is the first woman in the history of the team to hold this position.
NACA Nationals- Most Booked Artist
2016 Queen of the South Poetry Slam- Grand Champion
2014 3rd Annual Pink Door Writing Retreat- Attendee
2014 Queen of the South Poetry Slam- Grand Champion
2014 Roswell Roots Poetry Slam- Grand Prize Champion
2013 Roswell Roots Poetry Slam- 2nd Place Winner
2012 National Poetry Slam Haiku Championship- 2nd Place Winner
2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam Finalist - 9th Place
2012 Roswell Roots Poetry Slam-Grand Champion
5 Time Member of Java Monkey Slam Team (2009-2016)