Photograph by Brandi Hill
The 8th Annual Jax Poetry Fest will kick off on Saturday, April 1, 2023, with in-person and virtual performances, events, and exhibits. Subscribe or check back soon for a detailed schedule of all the events! Please apply now if you're interested in presenting live or virtually at Jax Poetry Fest 2023!
2023 POETS & PERFORMERS
Rawby Writes, aka the artist Yung OG Rawby, is a Black-on-Black Rhyme poet and recording artist. He is a one-man music producer making his own beats, lyrics, and engineering. He is a youth development expert and has worked with OneJax and the BGCNF for years. His work with the youth is extremely important to him.
Shutta Crum is the winner of seven Royal Palm Literary Awards. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in many publications including Acumen, Calyx and Boulevard. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook When You Get Here won a gold Royal Palm. Her newest book is The Way to the River. Her award-winning books for children include thirteen picture books, three novels, and two board books published traditionally. She presents nationally at conferences, libraries, and schools. www.shutta.com
Damon Thomas is a sixth-generation Floridian who grew up on the banks of the Suwannee River. Here he experienced a Southernness that included sea monsters, swamp cabbage, and makeshift graves. Damon has released 25 Spoken Word albums & 8 books on how the bookish might pass time in a Southern Gothic setting.
FNN is a poet, podcaster, and professional wrestler. You may not think that would gel as well as it does, but all three mediums are about storytelling. That is what he loves to do, tell a dynamic story to whoever will listen.