Jade Sylvan, called a “risque queer icon” by the Boston Globe, is an award-winning author, poet, screenwriter, producer, and performing artist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jade’s most recent book, Kissing Oscar Wilde (Write Bloody 2013), a novelized memoir about the author’s experience as a touring poet in Paris, received rave reviews, and was a finalist for the New England Book Award and the Bisexual Book Award. Jade has toured extensively, performing their work to audiences across the United States, Canada, and Europe. They are heavily rooted in the literary and performance community of Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts.
Over the past decade, Jade has produced and performed in dozens of acclaimed stage-shows and workshops in collaboration with entities such as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Harvard University, and Mass Poetry. In 2012, Jade co-wrote and starred in Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein’s first feature-film TEN (awarded “Runner-Up” for Best Screenplay and Best Genre Film at the Imaginarium Film Festival), and was also commissioned to write the official novelization of the film. Jade has had pieces published in The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, The Toast, PANK, and many other places. The author has received the Bayou Poetry Prize, the Write Bloody Renaissance award, and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Jade identifies as genderqueer and prefers the pronouns they/them/their [example: “That’s Jade, they’re the coolest person I know.“], unless otherwise specified.