Janna Willoughby has been writing poetry since she was 5, and performing since age 12.
She graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2004 with a BA in Integrative Studies:
Entrepreneurial Creative Business Arts. Since graduation, she has been performing
poetry and music steadily as her alter-ego, MC Vendetta, and as her singer/songwriter
self, Janna-Ruth. A Grand Slam finalist in 2005-2008 for the Nickel City Poetry Slam,
and a member of the 2006 Nickel City Slam team at the National Poetry Slam. She is
also an editor and layout artist for Earth's Daughters literary magazine, the longest
running women's publication in the country. Since 2008 she has been performing with
her band, The BloodThirsty Vegans, a lively mix of energetic hiphop, rock, funk, ska
and blues, topped off with socially-conscious, positive lyrics. She currently works as
a teaching artist and project coordinator in Chautauqua and Erie county, teaching and
performing poetry and art to middle-school students.