We’re getting excited that Poetry Out Loud is right around the corner! To lead up to the competition next week, we will be featuring a biography of each of the three judges, information about the poems being presented, and the history of Poetry Out Loud. Read more about POL judge Jolivette J. Anderson-Douoning after the jump!
Meet Jolivette J. Anderson-Douoning
A native of Shreveport, La., Jolivette Anderson-Douoning earned her bachelor’s degree in speech/theater from Louisiana Tech University and her master’s degree in humanities/liberal studies from Grambling State University. Anderson-Douoning spent 10 years in Mississippi as an artist, community organizer and activist before coming to Purdue.
Anderson-Douoning designed and implemented a cultural identity curriculum called the D. Ciphers Language Migration: Explorations in Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking in response to the needs of African-American public school students. The program is active at Lanier High School in Jackson, Miss. She has conducted mini-workshops of the curriculum in the Caribbean, England, Central America and in schools and universities throughout the United States. Anderson-Douoning has been a facilitator of the nationally recognized Young People’s Project Reading, Writing Workshop; a coordinator for the Algebra Project and is a current member of the Algebra Project’s quality education committee.
Anderson-Douoning is a former producer of the Mississippi Cipher Poetry Radio Show on WMPR-FM in Jackson, Miss., Mississippi Vibes Open Mic Poetry Set, and Sister Talk of Jackson. She has opened concerts for Patti LaBelle and Brian McKnight and has been heard on PBS Continental Harmonies Series, Public Radio International, and on National Public Radio as narrator for the race and terrorism documentary “American as Apple Pie: How Terrorism Lost in America.” She has worked with elders of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement, including Rosa Parks, Bob Moses, Kalamu ya Salaam, Haki Madhubuti and The Last Poets.
She considers herself to be a bridge between the traditions and legacies of the Civil Rights Movement and the current generation of young people. She is author and publisher of a poetry book and three spoken word CDs. Anderson-Douoning was featured in Upscale Magazine in 2001 and in Marie Claire Magazine’s UK Edition in 2002. Anderson-Douoning currently works as a Cultural Liaison & Program Specialist at Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center.