Jerry Gant gave out lessons to all us aspiring, and inspiring Jersey poets last night. He basically told us that it is important that you leave your legacy in the hearts of your peers, and work to elevate your craft. That's all that matters in the genre of spoken word. I hear you brother; thanks for your contributions, and your lessons.
James C. Ellerbe was born, and currently lives, in New Jersey with his wife. He graduated from Hackensack High School and Gibbs College (formerly in Livingston, New Jersey) with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Network Administration.
He has appeared on a BET’s "Buy The Book" and a non-taped edition of the world-renowned "Showtime at the Apollo" showcase in which he and other poets helped promote the first spoken-word event at a venue called "Poetic Battles." He represented New Jersey’s team for this event. He also performed at the Kola Note (Site of Montreal, Canada’s Jazz festival), Elizabeth High School, Rutgers University, NJIT, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Sarah Lawrence College, and appeared on WLIB Radio NYC.
Recently, James was also a finalist for the 2017 Indie Author Legacy Award for Poet of the Year, and featured author at the BCCLS BooksNJ 2015 and 2017 Book Festivals at Paramus Library in Paramus, NJ. He also wrote and co-produced his three-act play, "A Dream Preserved." "Beyond the Event Horizon" is his first book of poetry published in April 2015 by Let It Flow Publishing, and "Pulsar" is his first spoken word album released by Not Enough Words LLC on April 2018.