Biography

Ita Gooden aka Miss Culture Jam now writes under the name of
C J Lewis. She is a qualified midwife and nurse specialist in Sexual
Health with a BA in Business Administration. She has also lectured at Birmingham City University.

Ita lives in Birmingham and is a writer and performance poet who was one of the twelve poets chosen to write a poem for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The poem entitled ‘Breathe’ has been viewed by millions online and in the Olympic Park.

Several pieces of Ita’s work has been published in anthologies such as ‘Breaking the Chains’ and ‘The CD’ by Writers Without Borders.
Ita’s first collection of poems is on a CD with accompanying music titled ‘La Fire’ which can be found in a number of libraries in the UK.

On the face of it is a warm and beautiful collection of poems that encompasses our need to be loved, to belong and to be part of the world around us. Ita is a poet with her own voice rich with humour and wisdom, these poems spring from the page with vitality and insight.”

“Ita a performance poet uses her own rhythm and flow to characterise the collection, drawing you into a feeling of movement linking page to page effortlessly. By entwining ideas and storytelling, jerked with seasoned dialect, dipped in variety of emotions, On the face of it is quality encapsulated in style and form.
-Roy Mcfarlane, Birmingham Poet Laureate 2010/2011

Here…poetry is brought alive not only by the word but also by passion, need and appeal to be heard… so read on!”
Sue Brown, Creative Writer, Performance Poet and Figurehead of Birmingham writing group ‘Writer’s Without Borders.’

A brilliant writer and performer, dynamic and charismatic on any
stage with words and action. Presenting poetic humour at its best.
Encapsulating spoken word and prose with rhyme and rythm leaving
audiences wanting more.

I was the regional winner of the National Lottery Poetry competition in 2012 and was chosen to represent the West Midlands as part of a Nationwide Arts Programme called Winning Words.

Twelve poets across the country were chosen to represent twelve regions and I was one of twelve representing the West Midlands to create a National Olympic poem which was showcased in the Olympic Park throughout the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

This poem can now be viewed on the link below:

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