Jay Ward is a poet and teaching artist from Charlotte, NC. There is an honest and raw energy released to the audience when his page meets the stage; a story aching to be heard, a salve searching for hearts. Jay, a 2017 Fellow of both Callaloo and The Watering Hole, has represented Charlotte three consecutive years at both the Individual World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam and was part of the 2018 Slamcharlotte team that won the National Poetry Slam. He was also Charlotte's Poet of the Year in 2016 and SlamCharlotte's Grand Slam Champion in 2016 and 2018. He currently serves as a Program Director for BreatheInk, where he facilitates writing and performance workshops and coaches youth poets attending Brave New Voices each year. He has released  two full length cd's of poetry, two manuscripts of poetry and is certified to lead writing groups and workshops by Amherst Writer's and Artists. In addition he has appeared on Fox News, opened for Angie Stone and Georgia Me, featured in many venues throughout the country and facilitated workshops at numerous schools and universities. The role of an artist is to take the world around them, translate it, and hand it back to the people. The role of an artist is not to be the fire but to be the spark. The only constraint to the artist is the size of his audience, you, the fuel. Jay Ward would love to be your catalyst. 



Guest Speaker:

  • UNC Charlotte
  • Hofstra University
  • National Council for Black Studies

Opened for:

  • Angie Stone
  • Georgia Me


  • 2018 National Poetry Slam Champion
  • 2017 Callaloo Fellow
  • 2017 The Watering Hole Fellow
  • 2016 Write Bloody Finalist
  • 2016 Queen City Awards Poet of the Year
  • 2015-2017 Charlotte Representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam
  • 2013 Writer's Digest Self Published Book of the Year Honorable Mention

Booking Contact Info

Phone: 704-787-0184