We Are All Here: Poetry Jury

In the summer of 2016, Path with Art invited the general public to contribute to a collective poem inspired by the prompt, We Are All Here.

Throughout the course of the summer, a jury of local poets selected a handful of poetry submissions to serve as inspiration for additional banners.  By the end of the summer, they had created a collective poem and had begun a conversation about what it means to be a part of a changing urban community.

Poetry Jury Members

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, mentor and organizer. She is an attorney in Washington State and is currently completing a Masters of Education at the University of Washington. She is the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam (SPS) Grand Slam Champion, the 2012 and 2013 SPS Women of the World Poetry Slam representative, a three-time SPS national team member and is coaching the SPS national team for the second time. Currently, Oliver is a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools at Washington Middle School, leads writing workshops with Arts Corps at Garfield High School and is a teaching artist and mentor artist with Creative Justice, an arts-based youth diversion program that provides alternatives to incarceration for youth who are court-involved. https://www.facebook.com/nikkitaoliver/

Pamela Winter

Pamela Winter is a poet, writer, artist, and student at Path with Art. She has performed and read her work at several Path with Art performing arts showcases at venues such as the Richard Hugo House, Occidental Square, and more. She also has experience exhibiting her visual art, including photography, painting, and more. In the spring of 2016, Pam contributed to the Banner Project, in which she and her fellow students created We Are All Here public banners to be hung in Occidental Square. Pam also regularly contributes to the On the Boards blog.

Jane Wong

Jane Wong holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow.  She is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Currently, she teaches at the University of Washington Bothell and the Richard Hugo House. http://janewong.tumblr.com