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Jaylene Clark Owens - My Voice, My Choice

Jaylene Clark Owens - My Voice, My Choice

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Jaylene Clark Owens: A Black Girl and Her Braids

Jaylene Clark Owens: A Black Girl and Her Braids

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Jaylene Clark Owens: N.Y.C.E.O.

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Jaylene Clark Owens is a highly acclaimed spoken word artist. Her debut book of poetry, AfroPoetic, along with other merchandise, is available on the Shop page! Jaylene's single, "A Black Girl and Her Braids," is a poem that is currently streaming on all major platforms. You can listen here. Her poem, My Voice, My Choice, which can be found in her book, was selected as Runner-Up in the 2018 Button Poetry Video Contest.

Jaylene began writing poetry in 5th grade. She started slamming in 2005 when she competed for a spot on the Urban Word NYC Team. This team went on to win 1st place at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. In 2012 she competed in the Apollo Theater Amateur Night competition, in which she won 1st place for her spoken word poem, "SoHa." She advanced three times, ending as a finalist in the Super Top Dog competition. While a student at Ithaca College, Jaylene founded, and served as the president, of Spit That!, a poetry organization on the campus. In 2019 she was accepted as a member of the 5th cohort for the #BARS Workshop at the Public Theater in NY, led by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs. Jaylene appears in "Voices of Harlem," a series by Remy Martin in partnership with the Harlem Writers Guild, that pays homage to the written words and voices of those from the Harlem Renaissance era. She can be seen performing the poem, "Mother to Son," by Langston Hughes, accompanied by original music from legendary producer, Jermaine Dupri. Jaylene’s poetry is powerful, engaging, and her performance combines elements of her background as a professional actress. She aims to captivate, motivate, and educate her audience with her spoken word poetry. 

Killer Whale

Harlem KW Project, LLC is a theatrical company created by Jaylene Clark Owens, Hollis Heath, Janelle Heatley, and Chyann Sapp. Together these women wrote the AUDELCO award-winning play, Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale, which focuses on preserving the rich culture and history of Harlem through the arts. Jaylene serves as the director and plays the role of Bridget. It is a look into the multifaceted issue of gentrification in Harlem through a fusion of spoken word poetry, theatre, song, and more! 

2/19/19: SUNY Cobleskill (Cobleskill, NY) 
2/20/19: Tompkins Cortland Community College (Dryden, NY) 
2/21/19: Genesee Community College (Batavia, NY)
2/25/19: Cayuga Community College-Auburn (Auburn, NY) 
2/26/19: Niagara County Community College (Sanborn, NY) 
2/26/19: St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, NY) 
2/27/19: Jamestown Community College (Olean, NY) 
2/28/19: Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY) 
2/28/19: SUNY Morrisville (Morrisville, NY) 
3/1/19: Elmira College (Elmira, NY) 
3/4/19: Cayuga Community College– Fulton (Fulton, NY) 
3/6/19: Clinton Community College (Plattsburgh, NY)
3/7/19: SUNY Purchase (Harrison, NY) 

4/2/19: Ithaca College- Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (Ithaca, NY)

9/5/19: SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY)

9/25/19: Minnesota State Community & Technical College– Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)

10/22/19: Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ)

10/26/19: Arcadia University (Glenside, PA)

10/29/19: Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD)

11/6/19: College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)

11/8/19: St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)

11/21/19: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Bradford, PA)

2/3/20: Texas A&M University– Galveston (Galveston, TX)

2/5/20: Texas A&M University– Kingsville (Kingsville, TX)

2/11/20: University of North Texas– Dallas (Dallas,TX)

2/12/20: Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)

2/13/20: Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA)

2/13/20: Texas A&M University-Texarkana (Texarkana, TX)

2/17/20: McMurray University (Abilene, TX)

2/18/20: Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX)

2/19/20: University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, TX)

3/10/20: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)

3/18/20: Carthage College (WI) (Cancelled--COVID-19)

3/20/20: Beloit College (WI) (Cancelled--COVID-19)

3/24/20: Ithaca College- Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (Ithaca, NY) (Cancelled--COVID-19)

6/22/20: University of Texas– Rio Grande Valley (Virtual)

7/18/20: Ithaca College (Virtual)

9/3/20: Clarkson University (Virtual)

9/10/20: SUNY Potsdam (Virtual)

9/23/20: Carthage College (Virtual)

10/10/20: Gettysburg College (Virtual)

11/20/20: Syracuse University (Virtual)

2/6/21: Ball State University (Virtual)

2/10/21: Niagara University (Virtual)

2/13/21: Saint Anselm College (Virtual)

2/23/21: Ivy Tech Community College– Central (Virtual)

4/6/21: Penn State Behrend (Virtual)

9/22/21: Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL)

9/23/21: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Green Bay, WI)

Jaylene is represented as a spoken word poet within the college tour market by Neon Entertainment.

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