By Brian Dunlap
Earlier this month, Compton poet Jenise Miller hosted the release party for her debut chapbook The Blvd. (DSTL Arts, 2019) at a packed Patria Coffee. The audience connected with her poems that depicted and celebrated the vibrant Compton community she grew up in. The book centers around the apartment complex she lived in called The Blvd. and depicts in part, her black Panamanian heritage.
Coincidentally, Jenise sat down with Erick Huerta, host of Órale Boyle Heights Podcast, at Patria Coffee for a redo since the first interview wasn’t recorded 😦 They talked about her experience growing up in the Panamanian community of L.A., familial responsibilities, becoming an urban planner, and working on her first chapbook of poetry. Miller was DSTL Art’s first Arts’s Resident follow. You can follow Jenise on Instagram and Twitter at @jenisepalante and her web site is www.planerpoet.com. Listen to the Podcast Here: https://audioboom.com/posts/7452247-orale-boyle-heights-ep-30-jenise-miller?playlist_direction=reversed