Jack Straw Productions

Jourdan Imani Keith
2006 Jack Straw Writers Program

Jourdan Imani Keith, a student of Sonia Sanchez, is a poet, naturalist, educator, and storyteller. Her work blends the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives. She is the newly elected 2007 Poet Populist of Seattle. She received a grant from the City of Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs in 2004 for the writing and performance of her choreopoem, "The Uterine Files: Episode I, Voices Spitting Out Rainbows." She is a 2005 Seattle Arts and Lectures Writer-in-Residence. She has received a Hedgebrook residency and was a teaching artist for Book-It Repertory Theater, Powerful Schools, and the Nature Consortium. Her publication credits include magazines, newspapers, radio, television and video, including the anthology, Ma-Ka, Diasporic Juks. She is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project, which provides storytelling, restoration, adventure and wilderness programming for youth and adult participants.
Photo by Dean Wong
Listen to an excerpt of Jourdan's reading (MP3)
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