With a free-wheeling career that began in his teens, Jamie first became known to Bay Area audiences as a performance poet, winning his first slam competition in 1999. Known for his fast paced mix of stand up, theater and hip hop, he went on to become the National Poetry Slam Champion, the Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, and was a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, 60 Minutes, UPN and CBS. Awarded “Best Poet” of the Bay Area by the East Bay Express two years in a row, Jamie is also a mentor for Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading presenter of Spoken Word education. He’s performed and lead writing workshops at over 130 universities, high schools and juvenile detention centers across the U.S, and hosted the first-ever slam poetry competition at San Quentin Penitentiary.
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