PAWTUCKET — Local poet and performance artist Jay Chattelle is known for exploring the spirituality and symbolism in everyday life. So, having his son born on “12-12-12” was especially meaningful.
“His birthday will be on a magical date. They said this isn't going to happen again for another 100 years,” said the proud father.
Chattelle and his wife, Karla Sherman, welcomed 8 pound, 15 ounce Jayce Kayden Chattelle at Woman and Infants Hospital in Providence on Wednesday. Karla Sherman had actually been scheduled for a Cesarean section at 12 noon, keeping with the “12” theme, but the procedure had to be pushed back a bit. “He was actually born at 1:27 p.m., so we still have the one-two there, with an extra number, Chattelle said, smiling.
Chattelle, who was born and raised in Pawtucket, is the founder of From the Rip, a spoken-word, performing arts group that got its start at the city's Mixed Magic Theatre.
Chattell and From the RIP (which stands for Rhode Island Poets) host poetry shows and other spoken-word performances at various venues throughout the state. He calls himself a “traveling poet, producer and active activist” and has hosted numerous poetry “slams” in an effort to encourage others, particularly youths, to express themselves through this verbal art form.
Chattelle has two daughters, ages 15 and 18, but Jayce is his first son. “I'm starting all over again,” he joked. He and his wife just recently moved to Cranston, but he considers Pawtucket to be an important part of his roots and frequently incorporates the city into his creative work. He said he had even wanted his son to be born at Pawtucket's Memorial Hospital, to keep everything local, “but my wife insisted on Women and Infants,” he said.