Upcoming JCO Events

12/8/22: Opening for Rupi Kaur!


Earlier this year over 4,000 poets submitted poems on social media for a chance to open for NY Times best-selling poet, Rupi Kaur, on her World Tour. Jaylene was selected as one of those poets so she will be opening for Rupi at the Kimmel Cultural Campus in Philadelphia. The show is Thursday, December 8, at 8PM, in the Miller Theater. Click here to purchase tickets!

12/9/22: 2 Lines Philly Feature!


Jaylene will be the featured poet for the 2 Lines Philly Open Mic on Friday, December 9, at 7PM. The night consists of an Open Mic with a maximum of 12 poets, A Featured Poet, a question game and a 2 Lines community Poem. Sign up for the Open Mic here

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Only 30 tickets will be sold so get yours ASAP before it sells out! You can purchase tickets here

2/13/23: "Kiss" Open Mic


Jaylene continues her Open Mic series at The Wilma Theater based on the the themes of whatever show is on the mainstage. On Monday, February 13, at 7PM, she'll host an open mic based on Kiss by Fadi Skeiker. Participants are encouraged to see Kiss prior to the open mic and then create poetry, artwork, or music inspired by the show to share. Those who have not seen the performance are still welcome to participate. A sign up list will be available at the door if you haven't signed up already. You can come to listen or share! The feature for this open mic will be announced at at a later date. Stay tuned for the registration link!

Ongoing: #PoppaPank Podcast


Philly-based, multi-hyphenated, and award-winning actors Jaylene Clark Owens and Justin Jain take on all things Arts & Culture in this joy-forward and ever hilarious variety podcast. From current events, to childhood memories, #PoppaPank centers and uplifts BIPOC voices in the performing and visual arts. Their occasional Pop-in with #PoppaPank segments feature interviews with various industry professionals from Broadway & Hollywood stars to Regional Theatre designers & technicians.


Jaylene is a powerful Black spoken word poet and playwright. Justin is a fierce Filipino director and deviser. Every episode centers on a different theme, but all roads point back to the Arts and bringing a pop of pink into a world that can be very grey. Whether they’re trying to do a freestyle rap, or getting artistic advice from a guest, these two are gonna have a good time! Grab your Poppa Drank and get ready for some shenanigans as Jaylene and Justin get tickled pink on every episode of #PoppaPank.


Past guests have included Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames, theatre, film, and TV veteran Brian Anthony Wilson, actor Carl Clemons-Hopkins of the HBO show Hacks, and Daveed Diggs, of Broadway sensation Hamilton and TNT TV show, Snowpiercer!

Listen to the podcast on Buzzsprout here! It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Watch the episodes live on YouTube or Facebook!

Upcoming live episodes: 

Wednesday, November 30, at 9PM ET