The South Jersey Poets Collective is dedicated to sustaining a community of artists interested in writing and sharing their poetry on a monthly basis. SJ poets boasts the involvement of over 40 poets, with the support of local professors from Stockton State College and Atlantic Cape Community College as well as established poets who are Atlantic City natives. This group of experienced poets mixed with upcoming, more amateur artists makes an eclectic group that comes together with great cohesion to inspire and energize each other. Some might say that making a choice to live in South Jersey sacrifices any possibility of being a part of the arts scene. The South Jersey Poets Collective proves that geography does not determine the fate of a movement. Timing for this movement could not be better as Atlantic City works to reignite the cultural presence hat has for years laid dormant on the island. These poets are doing their part, reinventing themselves while reintroducing poetry to fill a growing void in our community. The South Jersey Poets Collective creates an experience that pulls you into a scene that larger cities would be hard pressed to duplicate. Anyone interested in joining need only show up to become a part of this ever expanding, all-inclusive group.
Local poets who are currently members of SJ Poets include: Peter Murphy, Joel Dias-Porter, Bruce Williams, Cole Eubanks, Emari DiGiorgio, Emily Van Duyne, Richard Russell, Paul-Victor Winters, Ernie Schell, Mary Artley Werner, MaryLisa DeDomenicis, Elinor Mattern and so many other talented individuals.