Jade Sylvan is an award-winning writer and performing artist. She’s the author of the autobiographical novel Kissing Oscar Wilde (Write Bloody Press, 2013) and the poetry collection The Spark Singer (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2009), and has had poems, stories, and essays appear in over twenty publications, including BuzzFeed, PANK, The Sun, Word Riot, Bayou, Basalt, and others.
She won the 2011 Bayou Magazine Editor’s Poetry Prize and was a finalist in the 2012 Basalt Magazine Bunchgrass Poetry Prize, the 2012 Science Fiction Poetry Association Poetry Prize, and the 2012 Write Bloody Book Competition. She’s a member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam team, and will compete at the National Poetry Slam competition. In 2013, she was nominated “Best Poet in Boston” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. Jade has been awarded artist grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and Amethyst Arsenic.
Jade toured extensively throughout North America and Europe following the release of The Spark Singer. She has performed her work and facilitated workshops at some of the most renowned spoken word venues, organizations, and universities in the world, including Harvard University, New York University, Bread Loaf, The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, 826 Boston, The Boston Poetry Slam, The Seattle Poetry Slam, The Vancouver Poetry Slam, The Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, The Berkeley Poetry Slam, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC), The Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Brandeis University, and Emerson College, among many others.
In 2011, Jade co-founded Mass LEAP (Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance), a collective of artists and teachers working to increase youth poetry opportunities in Greater Boston. Jade graduated from Indiana University in 2006 with a B.A. degree in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies.