Jamal Parker is a writer, performer, and teaching artist currently attending Temple University. He’s a Two Time International Poetry Slam Champion, having won Brave New Voices (2015) and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (2016). He majors in African-American Studies with a minor in English. Through poetry, he aims to shift the lens in how society views the black body, with elements of activism, political satire, and escapism influencing his artwork. A Watering Hole Fellow, PYPM Alumn, and Arts for Life Award Recipient, he’s been blessed to perform at open mics, colleges and conferences such as Busboys & Poets, Louder Than a Bomb, and the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Conference.
Right now, he serves as the Artistic Director of Babel Poetry Collective, and is the Co-Founder and Outreach Coordinator of the Black Boy Fly Collective with fellow PYPM Alumn and best friends Jovan McKoy and David Pratt. His written work can be found in The Altar Collective, WusGood Magazine, Teenage Wasteland, DrylandLit Press, (b)oink zine, and Poetry Nook.