Poetry | Spoken Word
Moving ForWords Productions
At age 15, Jeanette founded Moving ForWords Productions (2003 - 2011), inspired by the poetry slam community in Des Moines, Iowa. As a spoken word arts organization, Moving Forwords' mission was to use art to open up conversations about gender and culture, both on and off the stage.
With the help of a Kinko's copier and an unhealthy amount of glue, Jeanette self-published 4 poetry chapbooks: Wry Rhetoric (2004), Beyond Balloon Animals (2005), Checking In (2006), and Double Digits on Luin (2007).
As a teen, she hopped on the Midwest poetry slam circuit: she's shared the stage with "Slam Papi" Marc Kelly Smith (in Chicago) Mighty Mike McGee (in Omaha), Big Poppa E (in Des Moines), E.G. Bailey (in Minneapolis), and Shane Koyczan (in Des Moines).
As a freshman at Princeton University, Jeanette was selected to participate in V-Day's 2006 activist workshop at Tulane University, which benefited the New Orleans Regional Alliance Against Abuse (NORAA).
To support the V-Day movement, Jeanette organized and directed a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Princeton University that raised $3000 for WomanSpace, a domestic abuse shelter in Trenton, NJ.
As a member of the inaugural Minneapolis team (out of 600 auditioning poets), Jeanette helped raise $8,000 to compete in the 2005 International Youth Poetry Slam Championships in San Francisco.
The "Teens Rock the Mic" community raised $20,000 to launch and sustain "Quest for the Voice", a Minneapolis youth spoken word poetry circuit.
"Quest for the Voice" (now "Be Heard MN") was designed to build on the "Teens Rock the Mic" tradition: that is, to select a 6-poet Twin Cities team to participate in the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Festival, which attracts over 500 teen poets each year for a week of workshops, program development, and community building.
Through Moving ForWords, Jeanette co-published, contributed to, and edited Princeton University's Prism Magazine, the Des Moines Poetry Slam's Circus Diem zine, and Ames Artspace's Second Run literary journal. Ames Artspace, a performance venue and studio, was founded by Professor Jim Coppoc at Iowa State University.
"Bright, smooth, woah." — Marc 'So What' Smith, Founder of the Poetry Slam (Green Mill Bar, Chicago)
"Sparkling." — Diablo Cody, Minneapolis City Pages