Influences / Acknowledging the Past, Present & Future

Jocelyn’s work is rooted in spoken word poetry but there are many branches which have influenced her approach, aesthetic, pedagogy and process. Through the mentorship of Pacific Tongues founders, Lyz Soto and Melvin Won-Pat Borja her work ethic gained through the youth poetry movement has bled into the evolution of her work. Her art would not be possible without the influences of the following writers/scholars/creatives: Epeli Hau’ofa, Paulo Freire, Anna West, Rosanna Raymond, Marjorie Liu, Stan Lee, Sana Takeda, MANDEM, Lindah Lepou, Richard Hamasaki, Marcie Ahana, Jahra Wasasala, Kathy Jentil-Kijiner, No’u Revilla, Bryan Kuwada, D. Keali’i MacKenzie, FAFSWAG, saVAge Klub,and Pacific Tongues.

Why do you call yourself a multi-dimensional creative?

Answer: Lindah Lepou