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 Callaloo Fellow and Write Bloody Finalist, ranked 14th and 26th in the world for slam poetry and will represent Charlotte for the third consecutive year at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam. He was also Charlotte's Poet of the Year and SlamCharlotte's Grand Slam Champion in 2016. 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, published the book Life Power Soul in 2009, 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 southeast and taught 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

  • 2017 Callaloo Fellow
  • 2016 Write Bloody Finalist
  • 2016 Queen City Awards Poet of the Year
  • 2015 and 2016 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
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