Planner + Poet Jenise Miller is an Afro-Panamanian, descendant of Panama Canal builders and a native of Compton and Watts. She is an urban planner with over ten years of experience in community-based research and planning. She is a writer, a Pushcart-nominated poet, and past Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) fellow in poetry. Her first poetry chapbook, "The Blvd", maps the joy and pride of growing up in Compton (available for order below). She lives in Compton with her family.
A small sample of her work:
Community Research / Mapping Toolkits (Healthy City)
State of the Neighborhood Report (USC)
Poetry & Writing
"Something from Nothing: When Compton's Communicative Arts Academy Made the City its Canvas and Muse" (KCET Artbound)
"We are our own Multitude: Los Angeles' Black Panamanian Community" (Boom California)
"The Machete" (The Acentos Review)
"Dolphins" and "Jacarandas" (Cultural Weekly)
The Blvd (chapbook)
From the mamas who cook and watch over
the community to the braiders and the Trinas,
The Blvd celebrates a neighborhood and its people, who face hardship with grit, gratitude, and grace. It offers a distinct narrative of Compton’s past that maps the joy and pride held by those who call this place home.
Interested in Planner + Poet workshops, readings, or research consulting? Contact Jenise.