Unlock the jazz in your poetry
(And the poetry in your jazz!)

In this one-of-a-kind program co-founded by NJPAC and Rutgers-Newark, discover the extraordinary connection between poetry and jazz. These two art forms have intertwined throughout history, and now it’s your turn to create the magic that happens when they play together! Join a workshop to write poems set to jazz, or improvise music inspired by poetry. Read your work aloud at one of our community Poetry Shares. And enjoy performances showcasing poets and jazz artists from Newark and beyond. Creativity ignites when you explore, experiment, and express yourself at any of our free City Verses events.

Programs are available for kids, teens, adults, and schools. For more information, email artseducation@njpac.org.

Watch past City Verses performances

NJPAC Faculty

Mark Gross

Director, Jazz Instruction
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Stefon Harris

NJPAC Jazz Artistic Advisor
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Alvester Garnett

Jazz Co-Artistic Lead
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Rutgers-Newark Faculty

Rigoberto González

Director, MFA Creative Writing Program
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Evan Cutts

Master of Fine Arts Poet
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Dimitri Reyes

Master of Fine Arts Poet
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Attorious Renee Augustin

Master of Fine Arts Poet
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Catalina Adragna

Master of Fine Arts Candidate
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Upcoming Events

PoetryVirtual

City Verses Teen Poetry Workshop & Poetry Share

Oct 21, 2020Live at HomeWorkshopPoetry Share
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PoetryVirtual

city verses jazz poetry virtual performance

Oct 28 - Nov 11, 2020Live at HomeJazzPoetry Share
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PoetryVirtual

City Verses Poetry Workshop

Nov 4 - 18, 2020Live at HomeWorkshopPoetry Share
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City Verses High School Residency Program

NJPAC presents a special opportunity to introduce the collaborative art of jazz and poetry to your school through the City Verses residency program. In a partnership between Rutgers-Newark, high school students will have the opportunity to explore each art form and learn how to create new work through a collaborative process.

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