Monday, April 18, 2022

Jersey City’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Poet Laureate of Jersey City RescuePoetix Present "Renewal Through Chaos"

Jersey City’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Poet Laureate of Jersey City RescuePoetix present 

Renewal Through Chaos 

WHEN: April 19, 2022, at 7PM.
ADMISSION: FREE and open to the public.
This event is part of National Poetry Month, and you can register for this FREE event at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Celebrate the Art of Words in the form of Poetry and Spoken Word features poets Shanna T. Melton and Jani Rose in an environment that is conducive to creativity and culture as they share their experiences through workshop prompts, participant engagement, poetry, and spoken word performances.

Self-renewal is a natural path that maps our transformation and growth on all levels. It’s a vital part of the process of becoming who you are and who you want to be.

Self-renewal has distinct phases:

  • Taking stock
  • Letting go
  • Nurture & Nourish
  • Rise & Shine
The month of April is National Poetry Month, and the stretch into Spring is a time of renewal, reinvention. During times of chaos, we face chances to reinvent and renew ourselves. Workshop facilitators will conduct sessions in English and Spanish to inspire participants self-reflection.

“Our renewal moments hide in the chaos of everyday life. With the amazing guidance of Art Educators and mental health advocates Shanna T. Melton (Connecticut) and Jani Rose (New York) we will explore how to recognize that chaos, the triggers, and find the balance of renewal within ourselves.” shares Susan Justiniano | RescuePoetix, 2021-2022 Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ.

About Jersey City’s Office of Cultural Affairs:

The Office of Cultural Affairs develops consistent cultural programming and events highlighting Jersey City’s burgeoning arts community while honoring its rich and vibrant cultural history. In addition to event curation and production, the Office of Cultural Affairs provides support and resources to cultural organizations, individual artists, and small businesses to raise the dialogue on the arts in Jersey City and encourage residents and visitors to invest in Jersey City’s arts and culture.

Susan Justiniano | RescuePoetix, first Puerto Rican woman Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ, is a self-taught bilingual poet. Her passion for words started at age 9 with a dictionary, notebook, and the latest paperback she could get her hands on. In 2006 RescuePoetix™ emerged as a professional artist entrepreneur. As a published and performing poet, she has recorded poems to music, in English and Spanish, is deeply immersed in the Arts across communities throughout NJ, NY, CT, PA and MD and is developing a body of work that focuses on the rich linguistic diversity of poetry. RescuePoetix™ poetry is motivational, uplifting, and empowering; designed to connect on a level far deeper than what the eye can perceive. Spinning verses in Spanish and English, her words weave stories of strength, growth, experience, and love in its many evolving forms. More info:

Poet and painter Shanna T. Melton is the author of Unraveling My Thoughts (2016) and founder of Shanna's Writers Circle, one of the most diverse writing groups in Connecticut. Her recent exhibition of paintings, Her Dragons Fly, braid ancestral lineage, African textiles, and Black history with dazzling color and visual storytelling. Honored as a Connecticut Art Hero by the CT Office of the Arts (2018) and awarded the Arts and Cultural Empowerment Award by the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County, Shanna is also an arts consultant and teaching artist who integrates social justice and community engagement in the creative workshops, performances, and events that she curates.
Jani Rose is a Nuyorican poet, artist, advocate, and educator, born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx. For over a decade, Jani Rose has enjoyed sharing her poetry, hosting and curating readings, book releases and inter-generational panel discussions, and facilitating conversations that create safe spaces for development and “becoming”. She works ceaselessly, providing support for families in the Bronx, using art and community organization for purpose of creating awareness and equity for women and children, Puerto Rico, LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities, promulgating the arts and education as a tool for self-actualization and social justice. Jani Rose believes in poetry’s power to create connections, writing to find the part of you that lives in her, exploring the part of her that lives in you.

Crystal Davis is a multidisciplinary and mixed media performance artist, poet, painter, freelance writer, editor, and social media marketer. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the author and creator at Crystal Letters (CL), and the Co-Founder and Co-Producer of OpenRoad Poetry (ORP), an artistic partnership between CL and RescuePoetix TM. Her art and writing projects, CL and ORP, have collaborated with arts non-profit organizations and artists across the Tri-State area, nationally, and internationally. Her work is inspired by nature, color, and the utilization of practical craft through art in the visual and written form. Web: | IG: @crystalletters