Photographer: Javier Castro
Javier Castro is an artist currently studying at Rutgers University-Camden as a business management major. His passions include music production, photography, and graphic design, with the hopes of one day becoming a music video director. He feels most at home when he has the chance to be creative and work on his art. Castro credits his family for shaping him into who he is as a person and an artist
Photographer: Jocelyn Cruz
Jocelyn Cruz is the main photographer at Joie Cruz Photography in Camden. Her childhood nickname was Joie – meaning joy – which she feels is an accurate reflection of who she is and what she loves to do. Her goal is to capture organic moments that reveal the joys in life – be it the giggles between parent and child or in the affectionate glances of loved ones. Cruz specializes in a clean organic style that takes place outdoors. Her images are a combination of posed and natural shots, capturing the heart of who her clients are and allowing them to shine through their images.
City of Wonders
Poet/Musician: Suzzette Ortiz
Suzzette Ortiz is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, recording artist, choral conductor, and music educator. With countless awards and commendations for empowering inner-city students through choral music, her work as a music teacher has been well recognized. Ortiz retired from full-time teaching after 32 years of service and continues to create social change through music as an advocate of music education in her community. She is currently the artistic director at Artistas y Musicos Latino Americanos music school in Philadelphia and the choir director for the Jubilee singers a cappella vocal ensemble at St. John Baptist Church in Camden, New Jersey. She has arranged and composed choral music for Hal Leonard, GIA, Oregon Catholic Press, and World Library publications.
I Used to Hate Superman
Poet/Spoken Word: Reet Taylor
Poetry is not a literary medium Reet Taylor ever saw himself pursuing, but it is one he's found his way back to time and time again. Despite a fascination with wordplay from a young age and winning Pennsauken's poetry contest in high school, it was a period of soul searching after studying the arts at Rutgers University-Camden that rekindled the flame. Taylor's influences range from childhood favorite Dr. Seuss to idolized lyricists Lupe Fiasco and Substantial. Always striving to bend words in new ways to make powerful statements, his style is self-described as "finding truths sewn behind the rhymes."