Born and raised in Monmouth County New Jersey, Jay Délise is a published poet who has received national recognition for her writing. As a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Gold Key recipient, Jay has performed at locations such as Pratt University, The United Nations, The Pulitzer Center, and Carnegie Hall, for an array of audiences some of which included familiar names such as Lin Manuel Miranda, Agunda Okeyo, Kathy Najimy, Jessica Williams, Jill Dolan, BETTY, and Abigail Disney. She is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in theatre at the University of Chester in the UK. Jay has written articles for Affinity Magazine and UNAPOLOGETIC Magazine, and her work has been highlighted in publications including Afropunk, Broadway World, and Huffington Post. She is a poet and a teaching artist, but more importantly, she is black and magic.


Jay Délise is a US/UK based poet and performer creating in the combined world of theatre, poetry, and storytelling. A native of the Jersey shore, her work lives in the universe of activism in the form of LBGTQIA+, black, female and female adjacent human empowerment. Her focus is to amplify and showcase the voices of not only her own marginalized communities, but those outside of her immediate spaces. She has been featured in publications such as Amble, Huffington Post, Broadway World, and many more. Her performances have also been documented in places like The Pulitzer Center, and The Speakeasy Chester. 

When & Where


“Black, And…” as part of Manchester Fringe
10 July 2019 // 6pm

Gulliver’s Lounge
109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW

Wirral Poetry Festival
11 May 2019 // 10:30am

Birkenhead Town Hall
Assembly Hall, Mortimer Street,
Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 5EU

Storyhouse Women Weekend
27 & 28 April 2019 // 11am

Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR


Society of Queens Launch
7 March 2019 // 8pm

34 Cumberland St, Liverpool L1 6BU

Liverpool Slam “Headliners” Season 2: Episode 2
18 February 2019 // 7:30pm

The Scholar Restaurant & Bar
Roscoe St, Liverpool L1 2SU

25 February 2019 // 7:30pm
Fred’s Ale House

843 Stockport Road (16.96 mi)
Manchester, United Kingdom M19 3PW

Liverpool Slam “Headliners” Season 2: Episode 1
21 January 2019 // 7:30pm

The Scholar Restaurant & Bar
Roscoe St, Liverpool L1 2SU

Greater Manchester Fringe Scratch Night
9 January 2019 // 7pm

Salford Arts Theatre
Kemsing Walk, Off Tunbridge Sq Off Liverpool St,
Salford M5 4BS, United Kingdom

The Speakeasy Chester
26 January 2018 // 7pm

Chester Live Rooms
1  Station Rd, Chester CH1 3DR

Last Thursday Poetry
27 July 2018 // 7pm

Water Witch Coffee
67 Waterwitch Ave
Highlands, New Jersey 07732

Elevenses (as part of the Chester Literature Festival) @Storyhouse
November 17 2018 // 11am

Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR