Ali Jacs - Performance Poet, Storyteller, Facilitator New Zealand National Poetry Slam Champion 2012
Ali Jacs is a performance poet and storyteller from Wellington, New Zealand. In November 2012, she won the New Zealand National Poetry Slam title and went on to compete in the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis. She has performed her work in the UK, Canada, San Francisco, Sydney and Melbourne as well as at schools, concerts, museums and poetry slams throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
Having travelled extensively across Canada and western Europe, Ali’s poetry is inspired by people, landscapes, cultures and life's funny little humours encountered on the road. Her performances bring alive topical stories of hope and hilarity, truth and legend, the adventurous and the mundane; exploring themes of love, politics, sexuality, environmentalism and slice of life storytelling.
Ali planted her roots in spoken word in Saskatoon, Canada at the popular weekly Tonight It's Poetry evenings. Ali returned home to New Zealand in late 2010, and after a year or so exploring the poetry scene in Wellington, she founded the monthly performance poetry series Poetry in Motion at Heaven Pizza in early 2012. She has recently published her first chapbook Romantic Pragmatism.
“Ali uses her voice and her natural charisma to draw the listener toward her, rather than jumping out at them. It’s a style that very much suits and also provides an interesting tension with a lot of her content which is very passionate, sometimes political, and often very personal. Instead of declaiming and announcing on stage she speaks, one human to another. The poem always wins out in the end – just as it should be.” – Hinemoana Baker. Writer, Poet, Musician and Producer.
"Ali's passion for life and language is undeniable. Her performances are delightfully surprising and refreshing in their journey to bring the audience closer to enlightenment." - Carrie Rudzinksi, Boston Cantab Poetry Slam Team 2010/2011