Jarvis Subia

Born and raised in the San José’s 7 trees neighborhood, Jarvis Subia’s work delves into his relationship with his communities, sexuality, masculinity, national/global politics, lineage, race, gardening, mental health, personal growth, love, love, and love.

Jarvis is a 2019 Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary’s Incubator Fellow for community-engaged poets, the 2019 Silicon Valley Creates / Content Magazines Emerging Artist Laureate honoree, 2019 Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) fellow, and San José Poetry Slam’s 2018 Grand Slam Champion. He has been a 2-time competitor at the Individual World Poetry Slam, a member of 5 National Poetry Slam teams, and has coached 2 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational teams and a slam team competing at the Brave New Voices youth poetry festival slam. with the Palo Alto slam team, he placed second in the nation for multi-voice poetry in 2015. He has participated in the masters writing workshop at the Las Dos Brujas writers conference and the 2019 Winter Tangerine NYC writers workshops.

Jarvis is currently a freelance teaching artist in the Bay Area and had worked with organizations such as SFJAZZ’s Jazz In the Middle program, Youth Speaks’ Emerging Poet Mentors, the Digital Media & Culture (DMC) Studio at MACLA, Spark Poetry, and Bay Area Creative. Most recently, Jarvis earned his Masters Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, studying the impact of spoken word poetry in K-12 schools.

Jarvis is a firm believer that things covered in cheese have improved in flavor 100% more than things not covered in cheese.

For more information about Jarvis, his poetry, upcoming shows, or taste in food items check out his website flowerboywrites.com

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