As a teacher, I try to bring out how the students see their lives. I model for them ways to describe their experiences revealing emotions beneath them. Everyone has a valuable perspective shaped by their experiences, even young children. I inspire them by feeling my perspective. Then, if they catch the emotions I communicate, they can focus on their own and try to bring them out -- Juelz

WHO IS SHAWN?
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See a 6’2” approximately 200lb black male running south on Vernon Street in Harrisburg’s south Allison Hill area overlooking the Pennsylvania State Capitol? Well, Vernon Street is the street where I wrote my book, In My Eyes -- and it’s the same street where I grew up as a child.

Hello, my name is Julian Davenport. Good friends call me “Juelz”. Sometimes I wear a hoodie. Sometimes my pants sag. I prefer my music loud, profane, and with lots of bass. I have a certified skill at rolling medically-approved homemade “cigarettes” in 60 seconds or less, but ironically no higher education degree.

Gifted with a natural love of writing, I was never a great student. You might say I would easily fit the statistically archetypical by-product of a struggling single Mom and a disengaged, frequently incarcerated father. An at-risk kid, yes -- but a reluctant caricature, largely left by institutions and circumstances to be raised more by the loveless code of the street than tony choice schools, with no privileged nepotistic opportunities or appropriately refined etiquette to grease the way.

Convinced by veteran street mentors, a self-maximizing choice against poverty and squalor made the allure of fast cash irresistible. Unfortunately, those activities were not appreciated by The State. My successful entrepreneurial career as an independent South American chemical distributor for needy self-medicators was abruptly cut short and exchanged for frugal free room and board at a secure, gated community of like minds.

Prison is a bad, bad place. The Pen can, however, provide useful time for seriously deep reflection. On one humid hot summer night, long after my release, I leaned back shirtless on the cool porch steps at home to consider the wild but not uncommon confluence of contributors that led to my revolving door of crime and punishment, prosperity and despair. While watching winged moths do their dizzying death dance in urine-colored sodium vapor glare, it occured to me that others might benefit from my life’s laborious lessons learned. I decided to compile both past poetry and write fresh works about living in the trap as a cathartic attempt to heal my emotional wounds. “In My Eyes” born on the cold concrete steps of Vernon street -- a proud Pennsylvania original.


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Milton Hershey "MLK" DREAM POEM

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I wrote a poem titled, "Tragedy" fort the Harrisburg Heat fund raiser to help prevent gun violence in school!
Patriot News front page article

Patriot News front page article

6/12/2011

Juelz front page article with Patriot Newspaper

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Milton Hershey School "MY SOCIETY" workshops

Milton Hershey School "MY SOCIETY" workshops

10/6/2021

Juelz visit at the Milton Hershey School

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The Poetry Market E-zine

The Poetry Market E-zine

2/28/2021

This is a review of my 1st collection of poetry titled "In My Eyes" by the Poetry E-zine

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Black Excellence in Central Pa: Local poet uses past experiences as way to better the youth

Black Excellence in Central Pa: Local poet uses past experiences as way to better the youth

2/28/2021

During Black History month, PennLive is paying tribute to the people who are helping shape what will someday be the history of the Black community in Central Pennsylvania.

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The Burg Magazine feature

The Burg Magazine feature

1/31/2018

This was one of Juelz features in The Burg Magazine Harrisburg PA

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The Burg Magazine feature for 05/22

The Burg Magazine feature for 05/22

5/2/2022

This feature outlines my work with the community and school system

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Poet, Author, Teacher Juelz Davenport on The Brown Posey Press Show

Poet, Author, Teacher Juelz Davenport on The Brown Posey Press Show

2/17/2023

...In my society there’s choices of destruction—In variety, I always felt like the rules never applied to me. Harrisburg, PA native Juelz Davenport brings his life story and that of his peers to a series of poetic works, "In My Eyes," Volumes 1 and 2, "In My Little Eyes," and "Penned in Pennsylvania." Juelz, as his friends know him, speaks frankly about life on the street, behind bars, and about making a difference today. His forthcoming novel, "Who is Shawn?" details the life of a young man struggling to find his way on Harrisburg's toughest streets. Not only a poet and author, Juelz brings his story and unique teaching methods to schools and universities. He works with children and young people of all ages, to introduce them to creative possibilities for now, and for their lives. Juelz Davenport's works, his programs and booking information can be found at www.iamjuelz.com

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Smart Talk interview Juelz Davenport and Jennifer Hendry

Smart Talk interview Juelz Davenport and Jennifer Hendry

8/30/2023

The initiative began with Julian “Juelz” Davenport, a writer and poet, who draws upon his own life and experiences, and Jennifer Hendry, a librarian with the Milton Hershey School. They join Smart Talk Friday to explain how their partnership encourages young people find their creativity, expression and confidence.

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July 2011 issue introduction to, "IN MY EYES"

July 2011 issue introduction to, "IN MY EYES"

8/30/2023

In My Eyes By Juelz Juelz Publishing, 50 pp., $12.50 Review by Peter Durantine In the introduction to his book of 50 poems: “I believe this book can be used in so many different ways, but my main purpose in publishing it is to send a positive message to the youth who are just like me.”

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Midtown Scholar Book Signing 2023

Midtown Scholar Book Signing 2023

8/30/2023

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is pleased to welcome local poet Juelz Davenport for a book signing on his new collection, PENNED IN PENNSYLVANIA. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event.

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Poetry in Place / Sankofa theater

Poetry in Place / Sankofa theater

8/30/2023

Guest poet Julian "Juelz" Davenport led our November workshop. As students talked to Juelz about the discoveries they made about the rich African American history of Harrisburg, Juelz shared his poems and talked to them about his experience growing up in Harrisburg, elaborating on how writing helped him recon with his past and embrace a better future. ​

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How A Poet Handles Thunder

How A Poet Handles Thunder

4/9/2024

This National Poetry Month, I invite you to explore the work of Juelz Davenport. You can learn more about him on his website, IamJuelz.com. He desires change and proposes words as the vehicle. He has shaped adversity into a career that matters and continues to build something real and rich for students in the Susquehanna Valley. He has ambitious plans for his poetry and brand, IME Vision. When storms approach, he’ll stand fixed. This writer has penned Pennsylvania into the ultimate shelter, a space for writers to seek solace, understanding, and connection.

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BOOK THINKERS PODCAST INTERVIEW

BOOK THINKERS PODCAST INTERVIEW

4/24/2024
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