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there is a light / at the end of each tunnel / even if the tunnel / is my own chest

An Overture to Memory micro-chapbook, published on October 5th, 2018.

Bondage is pay-what-you-want.


JAMAL PARKER is a Black writer, performer, and teaching artist residing in Philadelphia, PA. He’s a Two Time International Poetry Slam Champion, having won Brave New Voices (2015) and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (2016). He holds the title of The Philly Pigeon’s 2017 Grand Slam Winner, and was listed as one of the “Top 10 Must Read Poets of Color” by BookRiot. In 2017 he was a coach for Temple University’s Slam Team, which earned the title of Co-Champions at CUPSI. That summer he also served as a coach for PYPM’s Team Black, who made Finals Stage at BNV and finished 4th in the world. In 2018 he was once again on the Temple University CUPSI Team, which took home the “Best Poem” Award.

Jamal is a Watering Hole Fellow, a 2014 Arts for Life Award Recipient, and a judge for the Campaign of Black Male Achievement’s first ever National Poetry Contest in 2017. In literature press, he served as the Poetry Editor for (b)oinkzine and was the Social Media Coordinator for ÉLAN Magazine. He is an alumnus of Babel Poetry Collective, where he served as Artistic Director. He is also an alumnus of Brave New Voices, Philly Youth Poetry Movement, The Write (Young Voices), Gustavus Adolphus Slam Camp (Indiana University Slam Institute), and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He’s been blessed to perform, present workshops, and facilitate panels for The Art + Business Council of Philadelphia, The Kimmel Foundation, YouthSpeaks, The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Conference, The Philadelphia Foundation, and Rumble Young Man Rumble.

Jamal is the Co-Founder and Outreach Coordinator of the multi-genre Black Boy Fly Collective. His written work can be found in L’Éphémère Review, Dylandlit Press, (b)oinkzine, WusGood Magazine, The Altar Collective, Cunjuh Mag, Teenage Wasteland, and Poetry Nook.