“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: Hugh who recently made their radio debut on Radio 1 and spoken word influenced electro brass band Benin City who have been championed by well discerning ears such as Edith Bowman (BBC Radio 6) Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6) 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 Bipolar Sunshine, Dan le Sac, Laura Marling, 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”.
Sam – EditorSam is a writer, editor and culture jammer from London and also the founder of the online journal of philosophy, poetry and politics Inky Needles. He has worked with a number of touring theatre companies, including the New York Expo Winners, the Chameleons Group, he's performed poetry alongside Benjamin Zephaniah, and also devised a short film for the London Review of Book's 'Kafka's Wound' project. His interest in all things 'philosophical' has led him to become involved with the London Philosophy Club, and he has also worked at the largest philosophy festival in the World, the 'HowTheLightGetsIn' festival. He is currently employed at the Southbank Centre and is also undertaking an MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory at King's College London. Outside of his interests in the literary form, Sam enjoys collecting vintage watches, playing blues harmonica, and watching the films of Jan Švankmajer. He cannot remember the last time he wore a pair of matching socks, and this is a fact that does not trouble him at all.
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Join the Team
We’re currently looking for enthusiastic and committed contributors to help expand our coverage of daily music/poetry/literature/publishing news. Do you want to be part of the Poejazzi family? Can you write compelling, timely, accurate copy about the kind of artists we cover?Please send your CV and a 200 word topical news story on music/poetry/spoken word/literature/publishing to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking for single and/or album reviewers who are happy to cover a wide musical spectrum to reflect our broad tastes and can commit to submit at least four items of unique content to the site per month. Our writers are music obsessives who can navigate the murky waters of hype and find the next best (not just big) thing. If you think that could be you get in touch.
To apply please send your CV and two writing samples along with the names of three new artists that you believe we’ll still be listening to for a long time to come and why to email@example.com
Spoken Word/Poetry/Short Stories
We are looking for writers who love sharing their opinions on the latest poetry/spoken word/short story collections in any format e.g.: digital/online/print/audio/video.
To apply please send your CV and two writing samples along with the names of three poets/spoken word artists/short story authors that you believe we’ll be wanting to read/watch for years to come and why to firstname.lastname@example.org
EditorsWe are looking for a volunteer editing assistant for our award winning director who is creating our upcoming web show & who films our live sessions with musicians and poets. Do get in touch if u can use editing software and if you have a good knowledge and a keen interest in editing and learning from an experienced and commercially successful director. If you would be interested in helping to edit our web show and live sessions please send samples of your work and info on what software you can use & your experience by emailing email@example.com
ReviewsSend us your amazing stuff! To be considered for review on Poejazzi please send us your music with a press release/info to firstname.lastname@example.org. For music/spoken word tracks please also feel free to use the dropbox below. To send us gig/event details or complimentary tickets email email@example.com.Send me your sounds
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Past clients include The Mayor’s Thames Festival, Camp Bestival, The Southbank Centre, and The Roundhouse.
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