PATERSON, NJ- The final open mic in honor of National Poetry Month will be held on Thursday at the Paterson Public Library. Set to begin at 6:00 p.m., the series which has included two other open mic nights, according to Talena Lachelle Queen, who also serves as the city’s poet laureate, is a prelude to monthly open mic poetry nights which will take place the third Thursday of every month.

This week’s feature poets, Queen said, are Rashad Wright and Chris Rockwell.

Wright is the poet laureate Jersey City and is the only person to win the title of "Grandslam Champion of Jersey City" twice. In 2018 he placed 20th in the nation in the Individual Poetry Slam in San Diego, California, and he has previously been awarded the Walter Glospie American Academy of Poets prize. In addition to his poetry Wright is also reknowned for his works in the memoir, fiction, short story, performance art, and journal genres.

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Rockwell is a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist from the Jersey Shore where he is also the poet laureate of Asbury Park. Rockwell has traveled across the country performing, competing in the National Poetry Slam. He has published several volumes of poetry and music, his latest being a poetry collection entitled True Romantic Loser released in 2018.
 

 

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