Poetry & Music by Paradigm



A native of the Universe, Joann Cathleen Roberts, known as simply “Jo” or by her recent stage alias “Paradigm”, grew up in the Chicago area. A poet/MC, musician, and producer; she discovered a love for playing instruments, such as drums, bass, and guitar at the age of 10 and by 13 was writing her own poetry and songs.

Jo’s focus is the promotion of reflection, growth, healing, and awareness through art. She is known for her laid back, mellow stage presence that is complimented by powerful words and has had featured shows from Japan and Canada, to Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Jo has also performed on stage with Reggae artist Pato Banton and has opened for Dr. Cornel West at Everett College in Washington. Her work has been featured on many LGBTQ websites, blog talk radio stations, and promoted by many organizations such as Butch Voices, The Quare Square Collective, and The Spitfire Poetry Group. She is the Savannah Slam champion for years 2013 and 2014, and continues to release a number of albums and poetry books since first taking her art on the road in 2012.

If not gracing the stage Jo is either traveling, hosting poetry workshops, tutoring and teaching Math to middle schoolers, dwelling in nature, stargazing, and/or volunteering with various clubs and organizations. Her passions include both astronomy & physics, metaphysics, human (r)evolution, and having a positive impact on the world by way of artistic expression and art as therapy. She currently resides in the Southern California area, offering art therapy programs dedicated to the advancement of at-promise youth by way of Hip Hop and Poetry. Jo studied Philosophy & Physics, as well as Aviation Flight in college, and is a licensed private pilot.

“Words From Saturn” Poetry Book 2015 Link
“Soular Systems” Mixtape 2015 Link
“Parallels” Poetry Book 2014 Link
“(r)Evolutionary Suicide” Mixtape 2014 Link
“Heart Chakras and Astronauts” EP 2013 Link
“The Pen Helps” Poetry Book 2012 Link
“Redshifts” LP 2012 Link

“The Poetic Soul Artistry with Lez Elegance” Blog Talk Radio, Chicago, IL. January 2015 Listen
Co-host, “The Queer Countdown with Niki Gee” Blog Talk Radio, Chicago, IL. May 2014
“The Pansophy Project with Niki Gee” Blog Talk Radio, Chicago, IL. 2013
“The Rebel Takeover with Brandi Madison” Blog Talk Radio, Las Vegas, NV. 2013
Butch Voices Conference Article 2013 Read
The Savannah Connect Newspaper 2012 Read
Savannah College of Art and Design Newspaper 2012
Two Pens and Lint Publisher Website 2012
“Book Beatz Internet Radio with Sharon & Imara” Blog Talk Radio, Savannah, GA. 2012 Listen

(Does not reflect all events)
SXSW, Austin 2017
Lambda Festival, Los Angeles 2017
Roar Shack, Los Angeles 2016
Lyrics & Libations, Chicago 2016
The Definitive Soapbox, Long Beach 2016
Portland Poetry Slam, 2015
Vancouver Poetry Slam, 2015
Youth Speaks Seattle Slam, 2015
Eugene Poetry Slam, 2015
Quare Square Collective Anniversary Launch, Chicago 2014
The Newness Experience, Columbus 2014
Seattle Poetry Slam 2014 & 2015
Queerest Spoken Word, Seattle 2014
The Human Experience, Las Vegas 2013 & 2014
The Apache Café, ATL 2013
Pow Wow, Chicago 2012
Spitfire Saturdays, Savannah 2012
Revolutionary Words, Bronx 2011
The Art of Creation (Women’s History Month), Bronx 2011
The Nuyorican Café, NYC 2011
Hip Hop Meets Spoken Word, Bronx 2010
Soapbox Confessions Iwakuni, Japan 2010

Uptown Poetry Slam, Chicago, 1st Place, May 2014
Eugene Poetry Slam, 2nd Place, March 2014
Seattle Poetry Slam, 1st Place, 2013 & 2014
Savannah Slam Champion, 2013 & 2014
San Diego Festival Poetry Slam, 3rd Place, 2012

Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. 2016
South Shore K-8, Guest Speaker, Seattle, WA. 2015
Seattle Central College, Seattle, WA. 2014 & 2015
Groves High School, Garden City, GA. 2014
Everett College, “Black Legacy Series with Dr Cornel West”, Everett, WA. 2014
Cal State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. 2013
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. 2012
Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC 2010



QTPOC Festival Tucson,AZ. 2016
Auburn Day Festival Auburn, WA. 2015
Festival Sundiata Seattle (With Wale), WA. 2014
Savannah Spoken Word Festival Savannah, GA. 2013 & 2014
Umoja Fest Seattle, WA. 2013
Art Festival, Greenbriar Mall (With Red Summer), Atlanta, GA. 2012

LGBTQ Allyship Conference Seattle, WA. 2014
Butch Voices Conference Oakland, CA. 2013

Pato Banton Concert- Riverside, CA. 2013
“Bronx Stories”- Bronx, NY. 2011

NIA Retreat- Petaluma, CA. 2014 & 2016
Black Lesbians United Annual Retreat- Malibu, CA. 2013, 2015, 2016

“Healing Through the Arts: Poetry as Therapy. Poetry for and of Our Generations”
“The How-To’s of Being a Full-Time Poet”
“Slam Poetry. Page Poetry. Performance Poetry. Comparisons and Contrasts”
“Talking Across Generations” Co-Host, LGBTQ Allyship Conference- Seattle, 2014
ARTreach, poetry workshop volunteer- Las Vegas, Fall 2012

NIA Collective “Intergenerational Dialogue” Panel Member, NIA Retreat- Petaluma, CA. 2014
Intergenerational Conference Committee Member, Stage Manager, & Show Coordinator- LGBTQ Allyship, Seattle, WA. 2014-
Math and Science Tutor- University Tutors For Seattle Schools, Seattle, WA. 2014-
Substitute Teacher- Nevada 2011-2015, Washington 2014-
Youth Mentor- Red Tailed Hawks Flying Club Mukilteo, WA. 2014-
ARTreach Volunteer- Las Vegas, NV. 2012-2012
Co-founder and co-host of Open Mic Night at Vaughn College of Aeronautics, Fall 2010

The Artist Collective, NYC
Spitfire Poetry Group, Savannah, GA
U.N.D.E.R.G.R.O.U.N.D. A.R.T.S., Chicago-Carbondale, IL.

Butch Voices
Quare Square Collective
Queer B.O.I.S.
LGBT Underground
Topp Bottom
Shades N Love
The Queer Countdown
Windy City Underground
Spitfire Poetry Group
Rain City Slam
Seattle Poetry Slam
Pow Wow

BOOKINGS & CONTACT: MeetParadigm@aol.com

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