Biography

Aja Beech is an internationally published author with over a decade of experience in creating written materials for print and online distribution, outreach to diverse communities, staff and volunteer management, event planning and promotion, and fundraising. Her journalism and op-eds have appeared at: Al Día News, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, PennLive, and WHYY.

Beech is a poet and her work in this genre appears at: The 5-2, Poems on Crime,  Apiary Magazine, Certain Circuits, Incandescent Mind, Small Portions Journal, and Twelve Winters Press. She has served as a sub-Committee Member at New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) and as a Board Member at Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. In 2012, she was awarded a Leeway Art and Change Grant and in 2011, she was named a Creative Connector in Philadelphia. 

Beech is a graduate of Temple University, with a BA in History, trained in Victim Advocacy, certified in Mental Health First Aid for adults and youth. Since the murder of her cousin in 2001, in a domestic violence incident, she has volunteered in victims services. As part of the Resilient Voices Speakers Bureau through the Office of the Victim Advocate at the Pennsylvania Office for Victims of Crime, she speaks throughout the state about surviving trauma. Beech is a current board member of the Trauma Survivors Foundation. Her focus is on people centered work and quality services for those in need.

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