Today You Are Perfect - Jackson, Bela, Rainey

Join us for the launch of a new monthly reading series, "Today You Are Perfect." We bring poets and artists and listeners together to share their words. Afterward, everyone has the option to participate in a small question and answer session.

Hosted by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens.

The Lineup: Marquise "He's Him" Jackson, Jaha Bela, and Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 7:00 PM

Platform: Zoom

Cost: This is a pay-what-you-will event. Suggested tip of $5-20 to support each artist: Marquise's cashapp "$HesHim" / Jaha's cashapp "$JahaBela" / Caleb's cashapp "$TheNegroArtist" / Caleb's venmo "Caleb-Rainey." If you are able, please support the artists.  

Marquise “He’s Him” Jackson

From Chicago, now hailing from St. Louis, Marquise Jackson is a poet unafraid of the mic. Ranging from topics of spirituality to his Black experience, he is sure to enlighten whoever may listen.

Jaha Bela

Jaha is an Atlanta made, Iowa educated, and slam cultivated warrior of change. As a double major in English and Creative Writing & African American studies with a minor in Social Justice, she still fits in time to volunteer and run writing workshops. She works to maintain safe spaces for queer femme creatives to thrive.

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey

Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey is an Iowa City based spoken word poet who has performed in multiple cities across the US, including Chicago and New York City. He is a winner of the Des Moines Poetry Slam, the Iowa City Poetry Slam, and finalist for the UNESCO City of Literature Global Slam - Iowa City. Caleb is the author of two books, Look, Black Boy and Heart Notes, along with publications in Best Emerging Writers in Iowa 2019, the Little Village, and Black Art; Real Stories. He is also the founder and director of IC Speaks, an organization that teaches spoken word to local high school students.

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