The Jersey City Arts Council Literary Arts Committee and Jersey City Writers present a Poetry Reading as the opening event of the 2019 Jersey City Poetry Festival. It is also the culminating event of JCW’s DOCA Writing Residency.
Come out to hear some of Jersey City's best poets read inspiring, compelling, and erudite poems. The evening will also feature Jersey City’s Poet Laureate Rashad Wright, who is the first person to hold this title since 2004.
Rashad is a graduate of New Jersey City University, receiving his BA in English: Creative Writing. On campus, he was best known for his work with Peers Educating Peers (PEP) as a certified peer educator. Rashad’s poetry has been presented on 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, and then again in the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado. Since 2016, he has also coached Jersey City Slam. At the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington, Rashad placed 25th nationally, and at the 2018 Individual Poetry Slam in San Diego, California, he placed 20th. He has also been awarded the first place 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. During this residency, JCW has offered writing bootcamps that were open to HCCC students and staff, as well as local writers. Tonight’s poetry reading is the final event of this residency and showcases some of the work created by writing bootcamp participants.
This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Space is limited. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged on Meetup at https://www.meetup.com/The-Jersey-City-Writers-Meetup-Group/.
This Poetry Reading will be held in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium, 71 Sip Avenue, 6th Floor. Photo I.D. must be shown when entering the HCCC campus.