Gabrielle Journey Jones
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, drummer and CEO (Creativity Encouragement Officer) of Creative Womyn Down Under, a community initiative established in Sydney in 2006 to connect women and many forms of creative expression. Gabrielle was born on Gadigal Land, Sydney and is from Maori and African American bloodlines. She moved to the Illawarra with her family in 2016, where she has enjoyed many events and adventures with the Enough Said Poetry Slamily.
Contributing to diverse poetry communities is one of Gabrielle's greatest passions. Involvement includes: the South Coast Writers Centre - Board member; Red Room Poetry Company - workshop facilitator and performer; Unspoken Words festival - performer (2017) and organising committee (2018); Children's Book Club Australia Illawarra-South Coast Branch - guest poet; StayFly Sydney – rapper; and Word Travel's Storyfest (2017) - performer and panellist. Her Social Work background specialising in not-for-profit organisational governance has been a valuable resource in the literary world.
Gabrielle has shared her poetry on open mics and by invitation at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry "Spoken Medicine" was published in October 2017 by Ginninderra Press. Intersectional feminism underpins Gabrielle's spoken word poetry and rap. She shares her experiences and positive, proactive thoughts challenging the many levels of oppression facing women due to gender, race, ethnicity, class, ability and sexual identity inequalities. Gabrielle also writes about creativity, love, spirituality, friendship, family and her children. In October 2017, Gabrielle was honoured to receive an Enda Ryan Award for "Art for Creative Feminism" at the 20th anniversary awards ceremony. Gabrielle continues to encourage everyone she meets to speak their own medicine – to tell the stories of their own life journey in whatever creative forms feel authentic and useful.
You can find out more about Gabrielle's work at www.creativewomyn.net.