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Meet Jax NTP of Whiskey Jellyfish Poetry in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jax NTP.

Jax, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2013, I earned my Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing: Poetry from California State University, Long Beach. I’ve been teaching critical thinking, literature, and composition at Golden West College, Irvine Valley College, and Cypress College for six years.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Unlearning cultural and gender expectations. How to balance writing authentically (creating for the self) vs. writing to please the invisible audience (creating pieces that people will actually want to read). The emotionally taxing aspect of teaching at the community college level. Income instability of being an adjunct professor and being a poet.

Please tell us about Whiskey Jellyfish Poetry.
I have been editing poetry and fiction for almost ten years. I’m proud to work for journals and magazines that create a platform and carve out a space for marginalized voices. I’ve been writing poetry for almost fifteen years. My writing focuses on the queering of non-spaces, unpinning of paralysis, and affinity for cephalopods.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Fort-building adventures under dining room table by myself while mom sings and sautées in the kitchen.

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