Jay Ward is a poet and teaching artist from Charlotte, NC. He is a National Slam champion (2018) and an Individual World Poetry Slam champion (2019). Jay 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 attended Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Callaloo, The Watering Hole and Tin House Winter Workshop. His work can be found in Crabfat Magazine, Lackadaisy Lit Mag, and on Button Poetry. 



Guest Speaker:

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

Opened for:

  • Angie Stone
  • Georgia Me


  • 2019 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion
  • 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
  • 2013 Writer's Digest Self Published Book of the Year Honorable Mention

Booking Contact Info

Phone: 704-787-0184