Art House Productions is accepting submissions for the Jersey City Community Poem Project. To celebrate National Poetry Month, Art House will create an original, digital, crowdsourced community poem with the themeLife in the Pandemic and Beyond: Quarantine, Devastation, and Hope for the Future. Jersey City’s Poet Laureate, Rashad Wright will curate the poem. The second phase of the project will include a video presentation of the poem. This project is sponsored by the City of Jersey City and Office of Cultural Affairs.  

Rashad will take lines and excerpts from your submissions and create a crowdsourced, community poem. Once the poem is created, Art House will publish it online, where contributors will be credited, and seek video submissions of community members performing the original work to be compiled in a video presentation.

THEME
Life in the Pandemic and Beyond: Quarantine, Devastation, and Hope for the Future

VIDEO MONTAGE
Over the last 3 weeks, we collected poetry submissions that speak to our experiences with quarantine and social distance. Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright curated the pieces into a crowdsourced, community poem. We are creating a video montage of New Jersey-based performers to read the poem as a performance and we'd love you to be a part of it.
To participate, please email info@arthouseproductions.org! First come, first-served, limited spots available. 

SUBMISSIONS
  • Writers must be currently based in New Jersey.
  • Submissions can be any form of poetry: haiku, free verse or a rhyming poem, whatever your creative energy tells you!
  • Submissions should be no longer than 10 lines.
  • Submissions close Saturday, May 9 at 5:00pm EST
Please click here for the submission form: https://forms.gle/UyRbNw1RLVjqFV316 

This is a community-based and community-centered project and we hope the final poem will be inclusive and accessible to all ages. Please be considerate of this as you craft your submission.

RASHAD WRIGHT (Curator) 
Rashad Wright is the poet laureate of Jersey City, New Jersey. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University, receiving his BA in English: Creative Writing. 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 competed in Slams in Oakland, San Diego, Spokane, and Denver, once ranking 25th in the country. He has coached Jersey City Slam, the UACHS Poetry Club, and 6th Borough Slam whom placed 10th in the world at Brave New Voices 2019.

Rashad’s creative works focus on debunking the glorification of selflessness and sacrifice in communities of color and other disenfranchised groups. Rashad’s work gives visibility to a “self” in an attempt to reclaim the love that these identities deserve.

He currently is the host of ManaMic, Jersey City’s biggest open mic series and has published a fusion of memoir and poetry titled Romeo’s Whiskey. Instagram
@write_raw
Photo: Gerald Jacques