7/19/18 USDAN 50th Anniversary Gala (“Find Your Way” USDAN 50th Anniversary Poem by Jay Howard @ Wheatley Heights, NY)

6/5/18 Teachers & Writers Collaborative 50th Anniversary (New School University Center)

4/19/18 Community Word Project's 20th Anniversary fellow CWP Teaching Artist, Poet and Rapper Jay Howard collaborates with the smooth vocals of Dale Novella Anderson and multitalented Gary Devirgilio on Guitar to kick off the event at The New York Genome Center.

4/16/18 The Inspired Word’s (Featured Reading @Parkside Lounge)

3/5/18 The Inspired Word’s (Featured Reading @Parkside Lounge)



11/14/17 #RaiseMyVoice KickOff (Community-Word Project & HBO, 6th AvenueNew York, NY, 10018)

The arts are a powerful platform for innovation and change. Twenty years strong Community-Word Project has committed to leveling the educational landscape through arts education in NYC public schools. At this event, you'll learn how to become more involved with CWP through the #RaiseMyVoice campaign. Featuring a special Performance by Poet & Teaching Artist Jay Howard 

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Location: HBO

1100 6th Avenue 15th Floor

New York, NY 10036

Reserve Tickets: 


10/24/18 The Inspired Word Open Mic (@Parkside Lounge)

10/19/18 Movement Haiku, A Poetry Performance: Poetry as Motion (@Tarot Society Brooklyn, NY)

10/12/18 TAP Launch (Guest Poet and Speaker at @ Dedalus Foundation)









2/20/14 “NYCRO Honors the African Diaspora ” Featured Guest Speaker and Poet  

                The Office of Children & Family Services

                Location: New York, NY



11/14/13Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Facilitator Workshop (Presenter)

              New York State Office of Children andFamily Services

              NYCRO, 80 Maiden Lane New York, NY

11/2/13 Networking Day at Dickinson College (Panelist)

10/31/13 The Inspired Word’s 1G Poetry Slam October 31, 2013 (Poet)

10/21/13 The Inspired Word’s Monday Organic Open Mic @ Bareburger East Village

10/16/13 Nuyorican Wednesday Night Slam Open

10/11/13 The Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint @Funkadelic Studies

9/19/13 Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Facilitator Workshop (Presenter)

             New York State Office of Children andFamily Services

             80 Maiden Lane New York, NY

5/21/13 The Organic Open Mic @Barebruger

4/30/13 The Organic Open Mic @Barebruger



8/13/12 Red Hook’sNational Night Out Against Crime Poetry Slam (Poet)

6/28/12 Hip Hop and It’s Influence on the Urban Community (Event Co-Planner and Moderator)

              New York State Office of Children and Family Services

              New York, NY

2/23/12 Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference: Performing Memory, History & Identity in the Black New World

Dickinson College- Carlisle, PA

Feb 23-24 2012

Increasingly, scholars are making connections between Africana Studies and Performance Studies, noting that both of these fields employ methodological approaches that lie beyond the scope of traditional disciplines in order to investigate and illuminate the complex identities, histories and memories of individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized or rendered invisible within mainstream academia. In “Black Studies and the Racial Mountain,” Manning Marable famously proposed that Black Studies should be descriptive, corrective and prescriptive, not only adding to the body of scholarship about black communities and reversing misrepresentations, but also challenging and transforming structures that perpetuate inequality within our societies. This stance resonates with Dwight Conquergood’s challenge that Performance Studies incorporate imagination, inquiry and intervention. This conference seeks to build upon the bridges that connect Africana Studies with Performance Studies, explore the varied and exciting approaches that scholars and activists employ in their work, and create a forum for discussing new directions and trends in the study of black subjectivity, history and identity.


February 23

3:00-6:00 p.m.      Registration
Stern Center Lobby (208 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA)

6:00-7:45 p.m.      Welcome and Opening Reception
Dr. Jeremy Ball and Dr. Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
(Dickinson College) Stern Great Room

8:00 p.m.            Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell their Tales
Performance by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern University) 
Weiss Rubendall Recital Hall (240 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA)
Reception and book signing following the performance

February 24

9 a.m.                  Black Queer Studies, Freedom and Other Human Possibilities
Keynote Address by Dr. Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto)
Stern Center, Great Room

7:30 p.m.         Dinner, Stern Center, Great Room
Closing Remarks by Javan Howard and Rockyatu Otoo, Dickinson College, Africana Studies Alumni