, playwright, poet and creative, has been making waves in the art world with his recent politically-charged spoken word performance during New York Fashion Week. Aaron collaborated with designer Kerby Jean-Raymond
for his runway show titled "Money Problems," a meditation on capitalism and inequality. Aaron's work has rarely shied away from hard-to-swallow topics. Read our interview with him below to find out more about him, his work and his motivations.
Photo: Courtesy of Cyrus Aaron
Blavity: Tell us more about yourself. How has your upbringing shaped your creativity?
I am definitely my upbringing. I'm the only child from a single parent home, so we're talking a lot of curiosity and an active imagination. You mix that with the culture of Chicago and you get a certain blend of discernment, compassion and creative zeal. I'm a storyteller, which transforms into plays, poetry, film, music--wherever there are words, so am I. I moved to New York City in 2010 to hone my voice and work toward a life of creating full time. Of course, early on, that meant getting a job, depending on my degree, and putting in work for someone else's dream until I could afford to invest in my own
. Last year I took the big leap from my safety net salary and trusted God's timing.