Teaching Artists Archives - Jason Taylor Foundation

bluapple Poetry Network Teaching Artist Christelle is a native South Floridian and a proud lifelong writer with a passion for community. When not writing poetry, Christelle can either be found in the corner of a Dunkin’ Donuts or sound asleep on the couch.

  bluapple Poetry Network Teaching Artist Valeria Smyth is a writer who wants to help others find their passion for poetry as she did. A longtime Florida resident, as well as a proud Costa Rican, Val is in her senior year at FAU.  As a political science major, she hopes to make the world a […]

  bluapple Poetry Network Teaching Artist Shellessa C aka Conscious Sheesh is an awarded, published poet, and multifaceted visual artist.  She is an active artist and owner of a production company that provides digital and visual resources for artists.  She believes poetry is more than just words and lyrics, it’s therapeutic, social reforming, and sacred […]

  bluapple Poetry Network Teaching Artist Aitana Hidalgo is a Venezuelan poet, actor, filmmaker, and musician based in South Florida. Their entry into the spoken word world began in 2017, and their appreciation for the craft as well as its community has only deepened over time. They’ve gone on to write and perform original work […]

  bluapple Poetry Network Teaching Artist Chris Mazzara has been writing poetry since the 5th grade. It started as a way to express grief over lost loved ones and eventually turned into performing spoken word poetry for the past 8 years. Chris is also a former teacher at South Plantation High School where he led […]