“We aren’t rule makers, we’re fans”
Joshua – FounderJoshua Idehen is Poejazzi’s Founder. He is also a poet, musician, critic and Founder of the highly acclaimed poetry group A Poem Between People. He has taught literary and spoken word courses in institutions ranging from City Lit to Roehampton University. He is also the frontman two bands: Maze Hill who made their debut on XLR8R and spoken word influenced electro brass band Benin City who have been championed by well discerning ears such as Tom Robinson (6Music) and John Kennedy (Xfm). He has reviewed and been reviewed in The Times, Q Magazine, Metro, Prospect Magazine and Mercury Prize Recommends. His poetry has been published in anthologies alongside luminaries such as Linton Kwesi Johnson. He has written music for Wildbirds and Peacedrums, and supported and performed with acts such as Razorlight, Dan le Sac, Laura Marling, Tinashe and Scroobius Pip. His album Routes with producers LV (Hyperdub) was released in 2011 and was cited as one of both Mixmag and Fact Magazines’ Albums of the Year. He’s a busy man. In case you cannot tell his love for poetry and music runs deep. However he will cease talking about both at least momentarily if you offer him a bounty bar.
Charlotte – Creative DirectorCharlotte Morgan Nwokenna is an arts junkie turned app entrepreneur and a passionate marketer who previously worked in editorial for Penguin Books. Before that she combined working in music PR and journalism with getting her degree in English Literature at Goldsmiths. She then multitasked her way through a Masters degree and working as an editorial assistant. She has written for a wide range of publications in fashion, music, film and events. She has turned her love for writing and design into a love for content marketing, brand identity and publishing literature the way she would like to buy it: beautifully presented and in digital form. As Creative Director of Poejazzi she has helped develop "London's premier spoken word and music night" (The Southbank Centre) into a multimedia focused music and poetry organisation. Aside from an obsessive love for her work (which mostly consists of driving Poejazzi’s Founder to the brink of a breakdown) she is also a shameless hoarder of antique furniture and TK Maxx homeware and the kind of woman who should never be left alone in a patisserie for more than 10 minutes.
Inua – CuratorInua Ellams is a Word and Graphic artist and our resident cool nerd. He is also a poet, performer, and playwright. His style is as influenced by classic literature as it is by Hip Hop, by Keats as it is by Mos Def. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century Romanticism & traditional story telling with contemporary diction and musicality. His clients includes The Royal Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre, BAC, Roundhouse, Soho Theatre, The British Council, Apples & Snakes, BBC Radio 1-4, The Mayor of London, Louis Vuitton, Tate Modern, Tate Britain and The Southbank Centre. He has published four books including the critically acclaimed, best selling poetry pamphlet Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales and his first full length play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival. His play Untitled ran for a 30 date National tour in 2010. His latest play Black T Shirt Collection, accompanied by his own illustrative artwork, sold out at The National Theatre. He is also the founder of The Midnight Run: a fun crew of dusk til dawn runners who make us feel slightly ashamed we use our nocturnal hours for sleep.
Bruno – Creative Director, VisualBruno Ramos is a visual artist and film lover who translates his vision into images for Poejazzi's universe. He studied photography, cinema and critical studies in contemporary art and he holds an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Goldsmiths College. His work as a visual artist, mainly photography and video based, has been developed and exhibited nationally and internationally. Originally from Lisbon, Bruno has been based in London for the past few years. He was recently awarded a development grant by Calouste Gulbenkian and in 2006 he won the BES Revelation award in Portugal. Last year he won the Fuso Videoarte Jury Award Prize for his film Factory. In-between all of this he managed to find the time to become Founder of Toquio: a creative partnership that joins together his passion for cinema, photography and music. As a keen runner, and with several projects always on the go, his motto is “keep on running and everything will be ok”.
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Event CurationIf there’s one thing Poejazzi knows inside out it’s event planning: We have received two five-star reviews at Edinburgh Festival, been named Time Out Critic’s Choice and included in its list of 101 Things To Do Around London. We have also featured many acts who have gone on to become mainstays in spoken word and music. Poejazzi line up favourites include Ed Sheeran, Scroobius Pip, Polarbear, Kate Tempest and Jamie Woon.We curate events for institutions, organisations, and festivals. To contact us about programming an event for you please email us at email@example.com Past clients include The Mayor’s Thames Festival, Camp Bestival, The Southbank Centre, and The Roundhouse.