Jamal Parker (he/him) is a writer, performer and teaching artist residing in Philadelphia, PA. He's performed, presented and facilitated workshops for MTV's Rock the Vote, Campaign For Black Male Achievement, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Art and Business Council of Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center, and more. He's a Two Time International Poetry Slam Champion, having won Brave New Voices in 2015 and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016. In 2017 he was the Philly Pigeon 2017 Grand Slam Champion, and was a coach for Temple University's Slam Team, which earned the title of Co-Champions at CUPSI. Between 2016-2018 he served as the Artistic Director of Babel Poetry Collective.
Jamal is a TEDx Speaker (TEDxTempleU 2019), a Watering Hole Retreat Fellow, a 2014 Arts for Life Award Recipient, and is the inaugural winner of L'Éphémère Review's 2018 Poetry Award. He was an artist in residency at the Painted Bride Art Center with the multi-genred collective Black Boy Fly, which he Co-Founded in 2016. He is the author of the digital micro-chapbook, "Bondage" which was released in Oct. 2018 by L'Éphémère Review. In literature press, he served as the Poetry Editor for (b)oinkzine and the Social Media Coordinator for ÉLAN Magazine. He is an alumnus of Brave New Voices, Philly Youth Poetry Movement, Orlando's Young Voices, Indiana University’s Slam Institute, and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
“Jamal has a way of making you both laugh and cry. His poems vary from the struggles of being black in this country to the infinite joy of being a black nerd. See a performance of his and you’ll understand immediately why he’s an international champion.”
- Taylor Allen, Colorado Public Radio
Catalogue Model Journeys 2019
Publications: L'Éphémère Review, Dylandlit Press, (b)oinkzine, WusGood Magazine, The Altar Collective, Cunjuh Mag, Teenage Wasteland, and Poetry Nook
Residencies & Fellowships: Artist in Residence, The Painted Bride Art Center | Poetry Fellow, The Watering Hole
Awards: Arts for Life Award, L'Éphémère Review 2018 Poetry Award | CUPSI 2018 “Best Poem Award”
2019 Small But Mighty Arts/Bartol Foundation Teaching Artist Micro-Grant