Jaz

Poet

Jenkintown, PA
Pennsylvania US

Author's Bio

Jaz is an Award-winning Published Poet, Author, Performance Poet, Composer, Singer/Songwriter (ASCAP), Recording Artist, Actress, Playwright, and Educator from Philadelphia, PA. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Goddard College and a BA in Theater from Temple University. Jaz regularly served as Copy Editor for Goddard College's literary journal The Pitkin Review and has had several poetry publications(including a spotlight feature) in the journal. Jaz's body of published work spans over 2 decades going back to the year 2000. Her poem "TrAuMa" was just published in the Fall 2024 issue of Porcupine Literary: A Journal by and for Teachers.  Some more recent publications are in the Winter 2023 issue of The Moonstone Press "Remembering Sylvia Plath"(poetry), the Spring 2023 issue of The Pitkin Review (poetry) and the Spring 2023 issue of The Goddard Gyst (editorial feature). Jaz had a Winter 2022 spoken word feature of her poem "SKIN" on 2020-2021 Philly Poet Laureate Trapeta Mayson’s(founder) The Healing Verse Poetry Line 1-855-POEMRX2. She taught her introductory poetry workshop "The Body of Our Poetry" at Goddard College's Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 residencies. She co-facilitated/co-taught the workshop “Hacking Your G1” for the college’s Spring 2022 semester. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the 2017 Honoree of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities. Jaz is the author of poetry chapbooks The Carving Out Of A Butterfly’s Wings Parts I and II and one poetry book Serenading Flowers: A Book of Dedications (the latter available on Amazon). Jaz is the 2008 Second Place Winner of Blue Mountain Arts Eleventh Biannual poetry contest. She is also the 2020 Community Finalist in the Temple University-sponsored Short Fiction/Poetry contest by the French publishing house Short Edition. Jaz’s poetry is widely published and has been featured in multiple anthologies, literary magazines, and online journals such as The Pitkin Review, Struggle, Literary House Review, APIARY, Poetry Ink, Penn Review, and Westward Quarterly among others. Her work has also been featured on internet, podcast, and public radio. She performs songs and poetry at open mics and featured performances as a soloist and as a member of "For Women Collective": a Philadelphia-based international performance ensemble honoring the legacy of Nina Simone, and "Philly Jawns". Jaz has shared stages with Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart of R&B duo “Floetry” fame in Philly’s FLO Vortex poetry shows at Philadelphia's legendary venue WarmDaddy’s. Jaz, along with her friend and fellow poet Adriann “The Pen” Bautista, co-founded the all-female performance ensemble "Wings of Worth". She has also been a photographic model for over 20 years. Jaz 's Christian album of original songs & poetry "A Higher Place" was released winter 2023 and is available on all digital platforms. She also recorded her song "2 Years” and "Betta Off Blue" (find "Betta Off Blue" on YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes), and a few professional voiceovers. In the Theater world, Jaz is an actress (plays, musicals, staged readings), and behind the scenes has served as an Assistant to The Producer, Hair Assistant(film), and Production Dramaturg.  Jaz's one-act play "States of Clay" was performed at Goddard College's Take Ten Play Festival during Spring 2023 residency. Jaz was the resident creative writing/poetry instructor for adult students at the online lab/writing community SCRiBLAB for 2 years. She is currently teaching adults in person at her poetry class "Your Poetic Voice" for Mt. Airy Learning Tree's Spring 2024 season in Philly's historic and arts haven Germantown neighborhood. She has been educating K-4 students in the public school system for a little over 4 years now. Jaz has been blessed to teach and graced to educate; therefore she is student as well as teacher. Jaz adores family, nature, reading, karaoke, French fries, and the Big Cats. She is honored to be used as a vessel for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on & off the stage/page.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
25th Annual Poetry Ink Anthology (Moonstone Press, 2021)
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Poetry Ink 24th Anniversary (Moonstone Press, 2020)
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Philadelphia Says: Black Lives Have Always Mattered (Moonstone Press, 2019)
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Philadelphia Says: Struggle for Freedom (Moonstone Press, 2019)
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"If It Wasn't For Kimmika..."A Tribute to Dr. Kimmika L.H. Williams-Witherspoon (Moonstone Press, 2018)
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FIRE AND ICE (Creative Talents Unleashed , 2018)
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microAGGRESSION: Then & Now (Creative Talents Unleashed , 2018)
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Poetry Ink 20th Anniversary (Moonstone Press, 2016)
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Blue Mountain Arts (Blue Mountain Arts, 2008)
Books:
Serenading Flowers: A Book of Dedications (Independent Poetry, 2020)
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Serenading Flowers: A Book of Dedications (Creative Talents Unleashed , 2017)
Journals: ,
Ascent Aspirations
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Literary House Review
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Paper Dragon
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Poetic Hours
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Radiant Turnstile
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Short Édition
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Soul Fountain
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Struggle
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Westward Quarterly
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Write On!
Prizes won: 

2020 Community Finalist in the Temple University-sponsored Short Fiction/Poetry contest by the French publishing house Short Edition.

https://short-edition.com/en/story/poetr...

 

2008 Second Place Winner of Blue Mountain Arts Eleventh Biannual poetry contest.

https://www.sps.com/11-second-place

 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Ocean Vuong, Jill Scott, Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez.
What I'm reading now: 
Translating God: Hearing God's Voice For Yourself and the World Around You by Shawn Bolz

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
African American
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania
Raised in: 
Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania
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Last update: Jun 11, 2024