Jacqueline and her typewriter are the perfect addition to any celebration. With her simple and charming set up, she creates personalized poems on-demand for guests so they have something significant to take home with them. Clients can create customized or monogrammed paper, or stick with Jacqueline’s traditional newsprint slips. On-the-spot poetry offers a unique, interactive and intimate experience that enhances the special atmosphere before a ceremony, during cocktail hour, and throughout a reception or gathering.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Jacqueline and her typewriter are the perfect addition to any celebration. With her simple and charming set up, she creates one-of-a-kind poems for guests so they have something significant to take home with them. Clients can create personalized or monogrammed paper, or stick with Jacqueline’s traditional newsprint slips. On-the-spot poetry offers a unique, interactive and intimate experience that enhances the special atmosphere before a ceremony, during cocktail hour, and throughout a reception or gathering.
Poetry is ideal for intimate or large parties. Adding to the ambiance, the typewriter itself ushers guests into a moment of authentic connection that supplies something special. Everyone ends up passing their poems around, reading them aloud to each other, using them to give a toast and as gifts for the host. The poems offer a distinctive memory for each guest that takes traditional party favors to a new level.
Jacqueline’s poetry has been featured at weddings, birthday parties, anniversary gatherings, baby-showers, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, Grammy/Oscar events, graduation luncheons, pop-ups, and art openings. No matter the size or type of occasion, Jacqueline offers entertainment that enhances the commemorative quality of the event.
As a speaker, Jacqueline has lectured as the visiting artist at universities such as Laguna College of Art + Design, Ball State University, and Cal Lutheran, as well as giving a Tedx talk about her work. Her writing workshops, which always involve a speaking element, have been featured at Women’s Center for Creative Work, Wanderlust, Sonomama, and The Creative Sanctuary. Jacqueline is a Turnaround Artist and works with public schools in Milwaukee, bringing poetry into the classroom. She speaks of her unique career path as a poet, the nature of spontaneous creativity, and ways to exercise poetic mentality in everyday life.
Corporate: Jacqueline helps corporations energize employees by revitalizing their creativity so that they can develop innovative and inspiring work in a more efficient and interesting way.
The corporate environment can be taxing when it comes to creative output, and Jacqueline’s work as a fast-paced performance poet offers a fresh reminder that creativity is a magic we all have access to, it can be nurtured, and we can do our jobs in the most unique and liberating ways if we just remember that it’s possible. This talk can serve as a morale booster and can revitalize burned-out creatives in the office space. Jacqueline speaks about creative process, tools for practice, and creates poems on stage pertaining to whatever themes of reinvention or focus come up.
Corporate creatives are always in need of fresh reminders that work can look a million different ways, that we all get weighed down and have to find new sources of inspiration, and that a poetic mindset is something anyone can hone. Jacqueline addresses questions about specific projects that need content and copy, and combines workshop experiences with her talks to further develop any particular company assignments that need poetic attention. This is a great opportunity for team brainstorming and creative coaching.
Jacqueline helps students clarify their unique talents and motivations so that they can build a satisfying future by choosing an inspiring career path that supports their individuality.
University students are weighed down by the confusion of which direction to take their lives, causing them to search for clarity and direction. The story of Jacqueline’s career path offers a wide perspective of potential tools that display an outcome that occurs when one learns to balance her talents and interests in order to craft a truly unique way of making a living. The performative quality of what Jacqueline does, catches students’ attention. Through the lens of poetry and curiosity, she helps them begin to find their authentic purpose.
In a high school classroom or auditorium, students listen in amazement as Jacqueline describes her work as a poet. Most students haven’t been exposed to such a rare career choice. Their minds immediately start whirling as they share comparative thoughts about their own futures. They often think: if this weird, self-assured, tattooed woman can create a career for herself as a performance poet, we can do anything! This moment of recognition and inspiration holds a reminder for them that they have one precious life and Jacqueline encourages them to freely form their future in whatever way inspires them the most.
Jacqueline Suskin is a writer and performance poet based in Los Angeles. Known for her ongoing multidisciplinary project Poem Store, Suskin composes improvisational poetry for patrons on her manual typewriter. A guest walks up to Jacqueline at a party, wedding, fundraiser, festival, pop-up or residency and states a subject that they would like their poem to be about, and in less than two minutes Suskin types up a unique verse and reads it aloud. Poem Store has been her main occupation since 2009 and has taken her around the world with her typewriter in tow, making her the author of over approximately 30,000 poems.
She is also the author of The Collected (Publication Studio, 2010), Go Ahead & Like It (Ten Speed Press, 2014) and The Edge of The Continent Volume One (Rare Bird, 2018). For each of her books, Suskin designed collaborative, experiential tours around the U.S. including slideshows, speaking engagements and installations.
Suskin was honored by Michelle Obama at the White House as a Turnaround Artist, and her work has been featured in New York Times, T Magazine, LA Times, The Atlantic, Man Repeller, Reader’s Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Huffington Post and various other publications. She has written for Oprah, Maria Shriver, Drew Barrymore, Cheryl Strayed, and Gwenyth Paltrow. For years she wrote weekly at the Hollywood Farmers' Market, she has collaborated with fashion brands Alice + Olivia and Nasty Gal, and recently created an installation for Nike in an attempt to find endless ways to bring poetry into the mainstream.
Her writing workshops have been featured at Women’s Center for Creative Work, Wanderlust, Sonomama, and The Creative Sanctuary. Before her work with Poem Store, Suskin was the head tutor and site manager for Literacy in The Community at the African American Academy in Seattle, WA. As an educator, Jacqueline has lectured as the visiting artist at universities such as Laguna College of Art + Design, Ball State and Cal Lutheran, as well as giving a Tedx talk about her work. She is invested in spreading knowledge about the transformative power of poetry, as well as inspiring students to choose unique career paths.
Past Booked Events
|November 03, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Poetry for Wedding|
|October 27, 2018 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Poetry for Batmitzvah|
|October 20, 2018 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||Hosting Writers Retreat Two Bunch Palms Hotel|
|October 19, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Hosting Writers Retreat Two Bunch Palms Hotel|
|October 13, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Poetry for Wedding San Clemente|
|October 05, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Poetry for Wedding Anniversary Party|
|October 01, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Poetry for Two Bunch Palms Hotel Event|
|September 29, 2018 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Poetry for Wedding at Line Hotel|
|September 23, 2018 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Poetry for Fred Segal Party|
|September 22, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Poetry for Malibu Wedding|
|September 16, 2018 • 10:00am - 5:00pm||Hosting Writers Retreat|
|September 15, 2018 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||Hosting Writers Retreat|
Jacqueline requires a simple table and chair set-up (three chairs) where guests can sit comfortably with her as she types for them. On stage this set-up can be a standing table. Overhead or table-lamp light needed.
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