Join us for a free, online, jazz-poetry performance culminating our fall workshops. You’ll hear thought-provoking original poems read aloud by local poets Rutgers—Newark MFA candidate, Attorious Renee Augustin; Newarker, Mia X; and Ali Longo, as well as works by Hanif Abdurraqib, Joy Harjo, Tracy K. Smith, Natalie Diaz, and Jeananne Verlee, set to the music of John Coltrane, Jimmy Greene, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, and Stanley Turrentine, played by a live jazz quartet led by Mark Gross, artistic director of jazz for City Verses. Our theme is “Phronesis: A Focus on Frequency,” a meditation on the practical virtue of introspection. Be part of our collective journey through this melodious mixtape.


Attorious Renee Augustin, Co-Artistic Director, Rutgers University-Newark MFA Candidate

Mark Gross, Co-Artistic Director, Musical Director; City Verses, Jazz Artistic Director

Mia X, special guest poet

Ali Longo, special guest poet

James Austin, piano

Liany Mateo, bass

Jarrett Walser, drums


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Additional support provided by Women@NJPAC

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