The Story of a
Warrior & Nomad
“Words cut deeper than knives. A knife can be pulled out, words are embedded into our souls.”
- William Chapman
©Ashley Joana / Eastbelgium 2021
Jessy James LaFleur, a nomad with conviction, a Spoken Word artist, rapper, activist, workshop host and entrepreneur who’s taken a million and one paths around the world over the last 18 years.
Aachen born, East-Belgium raised, she has brought her music and poetry to the stage in more than 30 countries and in 3 different languages (German, French, and English).
Dubbing herself a ‘Street Poet’, she travels with 'Constantine' and 'Theodore' – her two suitcases – from one city to another spreading the beauty of poetry.
She’s connected to a vibrant network of Spoken Word and Hip Hop collectives located in Belgium, UK, Poland, Estonia, France, Austria…,
all who believe in changing the world through the power of Spoken Word.
To Jessy James LaFleur, the Spoken Word and Hip Hop culture are an engagement meant to empower people through music and literature.
She will explore this concept further with her upcoming book project 'ANGEPRANGERT! - PRISON SLAM', which includes poems and prose from inmates in High-Security prisons and she is currently working on the publication of her first book
'CONFESSIONS OF A PAPER PLANE' (Maelstroem/Brussels 2020), which is also the name of her One-Woman-theater-piece, that she wrote and created with the help of the aspiring dramatic adviser Nils Matzka from Leipzig.
A full-length play based on her nomadic life and the love for her never-ending mission, that premiered at TDJW Leipzig and the City Theatre Wolfsburg in November 2018.
Her home bases are Görlitz, Berlin, Leipzig, Celle and East-Belgium.
In 2015 she laid the foundation for her StartUp 'ANGEPRANGERT! SPOKEN WORD', which was awarded "KULTUR & KREATIVPILOTEN DEUTSCHLAND 2020" and in the same year qualified for the stipend "InnoStartBonus" by the Free State of Saxony.
'ANGEPRANGERT! SPOKEN WORD' also offers the first ever 'SPOKEN WORD ONLINE WORKSHOP' for poets all over the world.
She hosts and organises several Slam Poetry and literature events in Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium and teaches the magic of poetry and Spoken Word to inmates in German High-Security prisons in the context of her project ‘PRISON SLAM', which was founded in 2015.
On top of that she created her nationwide youth movement 'ANGEPRANGERT!U20'; A SpokenWord-project for young poets below the age of 20, which serves to empower young people in schools and other cultural institutions and she organises the worldwide first Spoken Word camp for youngsters from all over Germany once a year in Celle.
"As long as the magic of poetry exists, I feel at home everywhere.
To me, home is the purest and most raw emotion that can be felt.
Home is not a place, home is found inside the heart,
and my heart is found in my poetry,
which makes poetry my home!"
- Jessy James LaFleur
The project was awarded a business Start-up grant by the Free State of Saxony in 2019 and is part of the founder-laboratory "AHOJ" in Görlitz.
She organised and hosted the "Lower Saxony / Bremen U20 Championship in Poetry Slam" in Celle in 2017 & 2018.
She will organise the "Belgium-Luxembourg Championship in Poetry Slam 2021", which will take place in her home region East-Belgium.
She is currently working on her first trilingual book project "CONFESSIONS OF A PAPER PLANE", which will be published by Maelstroem in Brussels in late 2020.