Jamaal Jackson Rogers; stage name Just Jamaal the Poet, is an award winning poet, arts educator, social engagement officer, and recording/performance artist. In the last 7 years he has brought his work to audiences nationally and abroad, and served as Ottawa's poet laureate from 2017-2019. His defining moments occur when he makes intimate connections with his participants during workshops and performance sets. His topics range from emotional maturity to world issues, from parenting to the human condition. He is a father of six and resides in Ottawa, Canada, using the capital and his performance studio, The Origin Arts & Community Centre as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts.