How to Recite on the Mic
Don't just read in front of an audience - PERFORM. Jersey City's Poet Laureate Rashad Wright will show you how to bring your words to life. KIll those butterflies, clear your throat and step on up to the mic!
Rashad Wright is the Poet Laureate of Jersey City, the first person to hold this title since 2004. He is also a graduate of New Jersey City University, receiving his BA in English: Creative Writing. On campus, he was most known for his work with Peers Educating Peers (PEP) as a certified peer educator. Rashad’s poetry has been heard from both local and national stages via slam poetry. He is the only person to be titled the “Grandslam Champion of Jersey City Slam” twice. He has also competed in the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California then again in the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado. Since 2016 he has also coached Jersey City Slam. Also at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington Rashad won 25th in the country. At the 2018 Individual Poetry Slam in San Diego, California, Rashad placed 20th in the country He has been awarded: First Place for the Walter Glospie American Academy of Poets Prize. Outside of poetry, Rashad’s work expands into memoir, fiction, short story, performance art, and music. His work has been published in several online magazines and journals. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript titled A Prince In His Cadence.
For Spring 2019, Jersey City Writers has partnered with the Department of Cultural Affairs at Hudson County Community College to lead a prose and poetry writing residency. JCW will offer this Writing Bootcamp that is open to HCCC students and staff, as well as local writers.
Advanced sign up is strongly encouraged. Programs will be held in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium, 71 Sip Ave., 6th Fl., unless otherwise noted. Photo I.D. must be shown when entering the HCCC campus.