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Ronyai Hawkins

Ronyai Hawkins


Ronyai – Artist Bio

Ronyai is more than a poet. He embodies the true definition of the word artist. Born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. Until the age of seven, his mother exposed him to the arts. By the time he turned nine he was living in Orlando, FL and was sketching animated characters. Ronyai was exposed to the power of poetry by his mother when he turned twelve. Not by accident but by purpose. Through writing Ronyai was able to release his aggression and is still doing that to this day. By the time he reached college Ronyai was the first and youngest African American writer to be published in Valencia College’s literary magazine in 1999. Through the power of spoken word Ronyai has graced national stages such as the House of Blues (2001), Zora Neale Hurston Festival (2002), and even a college tour. Ronyai spent two years on the poetry slam circuit (2001-2003) and was offered an alternate spot for Team Orlando for the national competition but declined due to politics and foul play. Ronyai’s poetry has now evolved to create songs for other artists. His gifts have no boundaries. He has tapped into the field of acting, percussionist, modeling, spokesperson, singer, dancer-choreographer, beat boxer, screenwriter and even comedy. He’s even opened up for national recording artists Chrisette Michele, Kardinal Offishall, and Laura Reed. Recently, Ronyai started his own imprint, Paint with Words and has a webcast under pre-production. For more on Ronyai or how to book him for speaking engagements or performances go to, the links below on Instagram, email

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