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Jamal Parker (he/him) is a writer, performance poet, model, teaching artist and budding advertising creative residing in Philadelphia, PA. Jamal received his BA in Africology & African American Studies from Temple University. His poetry explores race, masculinity, mental health, spirituality, hip hop, incarceration and police brutality while also platforming Black resilience and joy. As a performer he views art as a method to critique, entertain, and educate audiences with elements of activism, political satire, and escapism.
Jamal has performed at many notable venues around the US, including The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and has facilitated workshops on college and university campuses as well as for MTV's Rock the Vote. Jamal is a two-time TEDx Speaker / Performer and 2017 Philly Pigeon Grand Slam Champion. He is also a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion -- formerly winning both Brave New Voices and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational.
Between 2016-2018 he served as the Artistic Director of Babel Poetry Collective and co-founded Black Boy Fly, a multi-genre collective that engages young artists in Philadelphia. He is an advocate for Black youth and has worked as the Member Relations Intern at the African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, DE & NJ, the Arts in Action Intern at the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, an After-School Teacher at Sunrise of Philadelphia, and a Poetry Instructor at Tree House Books.
Jamal is the author of the digital micro-chapbook, "Bondage" which was released in 2018 by L'Éphémère Review.
Currently, he is one of 15 students enrolled at "One School: East Coast", a nationwide advertising portfolio program sponsored by Spotify, specifically for Black Creatives. Tentative graduation is February 2021.
2020 Inaugural "One School East Coast" Student
2019 Journeys Catalogue Model
2019 Bartol Foundation Teaching Artist Micro-Grant
2018 CUPSI "Best Poem Award"
2018 L'Éphémère Review Poetry Award
2017 Philadelphia Pigeon Grand Slam Champion
2016 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational Champion
2015 Brave New Voices Champion
2014 Arts for Life Scholarship Award
Residencies & Fellowships
2018 Artist in Residence - The Painted Bride Art Center
2015 Poetry Fellow - The Watering Hole
L'Éphémère Review, Dylandlit Press, (b)oinkzine, WusGood Magazine, The Altar Collective, Cunjuh Mag, Teenage Wasteland, and Poetry Nook
Sept 2020: One Club, One School Students Reach For Their Spot
Aug 2020: Adweek, Meet the First 15 Creatives Accepted Into One School, a New Program Elevating Black Talent
Feb 2020: Wittenberg Torch, Slam Poet, Jamal Parker, Kicks off Black History Month