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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Jarrett Walser

Jazz Teaching Faculty
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Jordan Pettay

Jazz Teaching Faculty
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Brandon McCune

jazz teaching faculty
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Rutgers-Newark Faculty

Rigoberto González

Director, MFA Creative Writing Program
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Attorious Renee Augustin

Master of Fine Arts Poet
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Shannon Pulusan

master fine arts poet
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Rachel Han

master of fine arts poet
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Devonaire Ortiz

master of fine arts poet
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Upcoming Events


City Verses Adult Poetry Workshops

Oct 27 - Dec 8, 2021Live at HomeWorkshopPoetry Share

Upcoming Courses

City Verses Virtual Summer Camp

Ages: 13 – 18
July 30: Registration Due
July 30: Orientation
August 3 – 13: Full Camp
August 15: Final Share
Time: 10AM – 2:45PM (EST)
Price: Free

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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