The OURCHIVE Team
Victor Jackson - Founder and C.E.O
Victor Jackson is a writer, graffiti artist, organizer, and hip hop activist. He is a Poetry Foundation x Crescendo Literacy Fellow and Alumni of the Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Foster Change Cohort. Victor has performed at notable venues such as the Germantown Poetry Festival, the Kimmel Center, Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival, the Philadelphia Interreligious Conference, as well as colleges and universities in the U.S. He has opened for poetry heavyweights like Ursula Rucker and Sonia Sanchez and worked as a teaching artist for Mighty Writers, the Philly Youth Poetry Movement and the Los Angeles’ Get Lit Organization.
Dijonee Talley - Justice & Advocacy
Dijonee Talley is a scholar-activist from New Haven, CT. There, she worked as a policy researcher examining issues related to the inefficacy and injustice of certain juvenile justice policies and practices. She also helped in the development of the New Haven Youth Stat, an interagency program that provides holistic educational, mental health and other community based supports for disengaged adolescents and young adults. Currently a advanced doctoral student at Temple University, Dijonee's role at OURCHIVE is to use her experience to bridge the gap between public policy, scholar-activism and community.
Kirwyn Sutherland - Writing Community Coordinator
Kirwyn is a clinical research professional and poet who creates work centered around the Black experience in America. He is a Watering Hole fellow who has also attended workshops/residencies at Cave Canem, Winter Tangerine, Poets House and Pearlestein Art Gallery at Drexel University. Kirwyn has had work published in American Poetry Review, Blueshift Journal, Apiary Magazine and The Wanderer just to name a few. Currently teaching spoken word/poetry performance at University of the Arts, Kirwyn has a forthcoming chapbook titled Jump Ship to be released in the coming months under Thread Makes Blanket Press.
Mollie Ducoste - Music Community Leader
As a community leader for OURCHIVE's music initiative, Mollie is working to help coordinate programs that combine her passion for social justice and music. These programs will explore music as a form of protest, education on the history and evolution of Black music and bring more visibility to underrepresented musicians in all genres of music.