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 Jourdan Imani Keith

   Poet, Storyteller, Playwright, Essayist

jourdankeith@yahoo.com       Seattle, WA    Phone 206-579-5848

Qualifications and Affiliations

· Over 170 performances and readings nationwide including Philadelphia, Wyoming and Seattle

· Successfully published over 40 poems, essays and articles.

· Five years of experience as an editor and freelance journalist.

Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD) featured member 2013

National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS) member


The Op-Ed  Project, Editorial writing and Public Appearance Workshop, Winter 2013

Allison Deming, Wildbranch Creative-Non Fiction Workshop, Summer 2013

Queering the Museum, Digital Storytelling Workshop, Spring 2013

Patricia Smith, VONA Poetry Workshop, 2012

Maryn Mckenna, Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, 2012

Staceyann Chin, VONA, Creative Non-Fiction Workshop, 2011

Andrew X. Pham, VONA, Creative Non-Fiction Workshop, 2010

Lorna Dee Cervantes, Tieton Writing Workshop, Master Poetry Class, 2009

Miguel Algarin, Naropa University, Poetry and Prose workshop, 2006

Amari Baraka, Naropa University, manuscript critique, 2006

Sonia Sanchez, Temple University & Larry Neal Workshop, Philadelphia, 1984-1986

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA  English Major  1982-1985

OHIO WESLEYAN UNIV.  Delaware, OH Journalism/Creative Writing   1979-1980

Awards and Fellowships

Wildbranch (Orion Magazine and Sterling College), Craftsbury Commons, VT, 2013

VONA (Voices of Our Nations), Poetry Fellowship, Berkley, CA, Summer 2012

Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, Spring 2012

VONA (Voices of Our Nations), Memoir Fellowship, Berkley, CA, Summer 2011

Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Teaching Artist, 2011(extended to 2012)

4 Culture Award for Creative Non-Fiction, King County, 2011

Artist Trust Gap Fellowship, Creative Non-Fiction, 2011

Poets and Writers fund for Barnes and Noble, Seattle, 2011

TEDx Rainier Fellow, Benaroya Hall, 10-10-10

Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Creative Non-Fiction, 2010

VONA (Voices of Our Nations) Memoir Fellowship, San Francisco, CA, Summer 2010

Poets and Writers funding for Seattle Public Library performances, 2007

Elected Seattle Poet Populist, 2006-2007

Jack Straw Writer’s Program 2006

Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Playwriting/Poetry, 2004-2005

Hedgebrook Writer’s Retreat, Whidbey Island, WA, 2001




Commissioned Work

 Northwest African American Museum, Debora Moore Exhibit catalog (forthcoming 2015)

“Tick Tock”, University of Washington 2014

“Ploughshares”, University of Washington 2013

“Signs and Symptoms”, University of Washington, 2012

“Coyote Autumn and Headlines”, 4Culture, King County, 2011

“Sankofa”, University of Washington, 2011

“Coyote Autumn and Mocha Delite”, Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Seattle, 2010

“Martin”, University of Washington, 2010

“MLK Tribute- haiku”, University of Washington, 2009

“And One of Those Seeds was Martin”, University of Washington, 2008

“Stony the Road” , University of Washington, 2007

“In Makeda’s House” ,Women’s Funding Alliance, May 2006

“From the Water”, University of Washington. Global Health Department, 2006

“The Uterine Files, Episode I”, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 2004


Seattle Asian Weekly, Eco-Women Award, 2011

University of Washington’s Distinguished Service Award, 2011

Seattle Poet Populist 2006-2007 (Poet Laureate by popular election)

Seattle Magazine, Featured Artist, “Nature is Part of Her Calling”, December 2006

ColorsNW Magazine, Featured Artist, November 2006



Writer in Residence/Teaching Artist/Workshops

Teaching Artist Training Lab, Seattle Repertory Theater, Storytelling, Spring 2013-Spring 2014

Urban Wilderness/Griot Works, Lead Artist Storytelling/Poetry Seattle, WA 2004- present

Creativity in Conservation Writing Mentor, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, WA 2013

Seattle Arts and Lectures/Writers in the Schools, Poetry, Seattle, WA 2005- 2009

Burke Museum, Environmental Writing Workshop, Seattle, WA 2009

Richard Hugo House, Listening for Your Language class, Seattle, WA May 2007

Seattle Public Library’s First Naturalist-in-Residence, Storytelling curriculum, Seattle, WA 2006

Book-It Theater with Seattle Girls School, Storytelling, Seattle, WA 2004

Powerful Writers, Poetry, Seattle, WA 2004

The Nature Consortium, Performance Art and Storytelling, Seattle,  WA 2002-2005

Editor/Curator/Panels/Lectures and Juries

Words’ Worth, Seattle City Council’s Poetry Program, Curator, Seattle, WA January-June 2013

Artist Trust’s EDGE program, presenter, Seattle, WA 2013

Floating Bridge Review #5, Do Tell collection, co-editor, Seattle, WA 2012

AWP Conference Presenter, Navigating Need: Teaching Creative Writing, Denver, CO, 2010

Artist Trust’s EDGE program, presenter, Seattle, WA 2010

Alliance of Artist and Communities, Arts and Civic Engagement, Annual conference, 2008

Hedgebrook Writer’s Retreat, Selection Committee, 2007

LRC News, Ultra Violet magazine, marketing and editor, Seattle, WA 1995-1997

The Other Side Magazine, Assistant Editor, Philadelphia, PA 1992

Solomon’s Porch Poetry Series, Curator, Philadelphia, PA, 1991-1992

dot Dot dot Magazine, co-editor, Philadelphia, PA 1991- 1992

Labyrinth Newspaper, writer and editor, Philadelphia, PA 1991-1992


Film and Stage Productions

“Every Woman Ever More,” a short film combining historical images and narrative, Queering the Museum, Seattle MOHAI Museum, Spring 2013

“Fables from the Urban Wilderness,” retelling of Aesop’s fables, a collaborative improvisation, written and directed by Jourdan Keith for multiple Seattle Public Schools and Montlake Seattle Public Library 2007

“The Uterine Files Episode I: Voices Spitting Out the Rainbow,” A one-woman play written and performed by Jourdan Keith. Directed by Nicole Pearson, Rainier Valley Cultural Center  2005

Video, Television and Radio


KUOW Radio, Storytelling/Poetry Feature, June 2013

TEDx RAINIER Talk, Benaroya Hall, October 2010

KUOW Radio, Jack Straw selection, Seattle, January 2007

Seattle Channel, Seattle, July 2006

KUOW, Seattle Poet Populist, Seattle, July 2006

Seattle Poetry Festival feature, KUOW, August 2000

South African Film Festival, video, “Silence…Broken” 1995

Berlin Film Festival, video, “Silence…Broken” 1994

Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, video, “Silence…Broken”1993

Print /Web

Creative Non-Fiction

“At Risk,” Orion Magazine, January 2013

“Your Body,” WEAD Magazine, Dirty Water, November 2013

“Human Estuaries,” YES! Magazine, Fall 2012

“Your Body of Water” TEDx Rainier, YouTube, January 2011

“Coyote Autumn,” Something to Declare, University of Wisconsin Press, 2010


“Hotter Than July,” Dismantle, Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2014 (forthcoming)

“Consider the Waters,” The Far Field, 2012

“Hotter Than July,” Floating Bridge Press, 2011

“Traveling Seeds,” Seattle Times website, May 2007

“haiku,” Seattle Times Newspaper, May 2007

“the sound of seeds,” Vox Populi, Seattle, April 2007

Umbilical Topography chapbook, Screaming Zebra Productions (self-published), 2006

“the sound of seeds,” Seattle Woman magazine, Seattle, December 2006

“Before Engagement,” when it rains from the ground up, Seattle, November 2006

“Enough of Us,” ColorsNW magazine, Seattle, November 2006

“We Can Not Call the Names,” City of Seattle’s Poet Populist web site, Sept. 11

“Enough of Us,” City of Seattle website, April – September 2006

“red earth, Soul Topography, Against the Paper Night, The Sum of Ashes, From the

Water” Jack Straw Writers Anthology, May 2006

“Wanting,” Vox Populi: Seattle Poetry Festival 2000 Anthology

“Imani,” PUSH magazine, Seattle, 1999

“Which Stripe Am I?” Ma-Ka: Diasporic Juks, 1999 Anthology

“Before Engagement,” Ultra Violet magazine, 1997

“Gentle Rain,” Firehole Press, Wyoming,1995

“What Happens to Passion Undeferred,” Dot Dot Dot magazine, Philadelphia, 1993

“Tanka for Dr. King,” Painted Bride Arts Center calendar, Philadelphia, 1992

“Growing Sapphisticated,” Philadelphia Gay News, 1992

“When I Met You,” Voyage Out magazine, University of Pennsylvania, 1991

“Diluted Negro,” Say That the River Turns, Third World Press 1987

National and International Featured Storytelling and Poetry Performances

(Selected Highlights)

Seattle, Washington and Region

University of Washington, Health and Sciences MLK Day celebration, January 2014-2007

100 Thousand Poets for Change, Richard Hugo House, September 2013

NalandaWest feature with Mark Nepo, January 2013

Seattle Channel, Seattle City Council Wordsworth Series, 2013

100 Thousand Poets for Change, SPLAB, September 2012

Langston Hughes, Queer Youth Writing Camp, June 2012

Renton History Museum, February 2012

Witness, Seattle Audubon Center (Hedgebrook/4Culture), October 2011

Vashon Poetry Festival, May 2011

Burning Word Festival, May 2011

Duwamish Longhouse, Seattle Storyteller’s Guild, April 2011

Barnes and Noble, U.Village, Poets and Writers, 2011

Benaroya Hall, TEDx Rainier, 2010

Seattle Green Festival, Convention Center, 2010

Cultural Collisions, Women Poets and Their Craft, La Jefa, June 2009

Burke Museum, Environmental Writing and Performance, April 2009

Brave New Words Festival, Whidbey Island, April 2009

UW Bookstore Aime Cesaire Celebration, April 2009

Cultural Collisions, Richard Hugo House, La Jefa April 2009

Highline Listens, Highline Community College Writing Department Feature, May 2008

Art Institute of Seattle, Black History Month celebration, February 2008

University of Washington, Dr. MLK celebration, January 2008

Burning Word Poetry Festival, Whidbey Island, WA, April 2007

Seattle Poetry Festival, Seattle, WA , April 2007

BoUnce: The Sport of Storytelling, Seattle, WA, March 2007

Seattle Public Library Tour March 31, -June 2, 2007

North Seattle Community College, After A Long Silence, February 2007

City Council Office, Seattle, WA, January, 2007

University of Washington, Dr. MLK celebration, January 2007

Megawatt Event, West Seattle, WA, September 2006

Bumbershoot Festival, September 2006

Alki Beach, YMCA Friendship Fire, July 2006 &2005

Seattle Public Library, central branch, Seattle, July 2006 (audio)

Jack Straw Studios, Seattle, 2006

from the ground up, Richard Hugo House, 2006

University of Washington, Dr. MLK celebration, January 2006

Backbone Productions, CAMP, 2006

Rainier Valley Cultural Center, Seattle, August 20, 2005

Rainier Beach Public Library, Seattle, 2005

Backbone Productions, Richard Hugo House, 2005

Sisterfire, Rainer Valley Cultural Theater, 2004

Seattle Emergency Housing, weekly, Spring 2004

Arts in Nature Festival, Camp Long, 2004

Cinema Diaspora, Seattle Central Cinema, 2003

Nat Turner Teach-In, East Cherry YWCA, 2003

Seward Park Nature Center, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 2003

West Duwamish Greenbelt , 2003

Not in Our Name benefit, LGBT center, 2003

North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake, 2003

Richard Hugo House, UW Latin Studies Benefit, 2003

Seattle Public Library, Central Library 2002

Arts in Nature Festival, Camp Long 2002

Nat Turner Teach-In, East Cherry YMCA, 2002

Zimbabwe, Africa

Bulawayo Town Center, Impact 2000

School of African Awareness, Bulawayo, 2000

New York/Philadelphia/New Jersey 1987-1993

The Knitting Factory, New York City, NY; Kumbaya Gallery, New York City, NY;

mosiacbooks, New York City, NY; Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA;

Walt Whitman Center for the Arts and Humanities, Camden, NJ; Godfrey Daniels,

Bethlehem, PA; Afro-American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Freedom Theatre,

Philadelphia, PA; Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA; West Philadelphia Regional

Library, Philadelphia, PA; Borders Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA; Barnes and Noble

Bookstore; Philadelphia, PA; Rider College; Pennsylvania; Drexel University,

Philadelphia, PA; Zone One Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Vox Populi Gallery,

Philadelphia,PA; Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA;Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, PA; Girlfriends Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia AIDS Library, Philadelphia, PA;


Posted January 23, 2014 by Jourdan Keith

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