my name

i teach a creative writing course for middle and high school aged students who are homeschooled. it's really fun and i appreciate the casual and community focused educational environment. one of my superstar students is a talented teenage poet who recently gave me a homework assignment, or challenge as i call them, to write a … Continue reading my name

Pretoria Mob Performs Illegal Eviction of Arts House in South Africa

Sunnyside, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa — 10 June 2017 Early Saturday morning around 8am a group of roughly 40-50 people, claiming to be a medley of community associations, stormed the property of Mthubi the Hub, a nonprofit arts organization based near Hatfield at 1005 Arcadia Street. The mob ransacked the arts house throwing all the … Continue reading Pretoria Mob Performs Illegal Eviction of Arts House in South Africa

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South African Poets Join Hundreds of DC Area Teens for High School Poetry Slam Festival

South African Poets Join Hundreds of DC Area Teens for High School Poetry Slam Festival Washington, DC – The nation’s capital is home to both the youth and adult reigning national poetry slam champion teams from 2014. The Beltway Poetry Slam Team won the National Poetry Slam and the DC Youth Slam Team won the … Continue reading South African Poets Join Hundreds of DC Area Teens for High School Poetry Slam Festival

NEA podcast

Josephine Reed at the National Endowment for the Arts interviewed me about my work with young people on the DC Youth Slam Team and with the national poetry and social justice nonprofit Split This Rock. It's a 28 minute pod cast you can hear online at http://arts.gov/audio/jonathan-tucker It starts with a student's poem, and the volume is low, … Continue reading NEA podcast

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i'm not an ordinary mani'm extra   understandeven when i'm going INi keep an exit planeyes on all sidesthey say they like my visionlearn lessons from the skieson how to keep on givingnever gettin gotyou can't steal the raini'm not tom pettybut i'm free falling mayneheartbreaker gimme glueduct tape and a minutelife ain't a competitionbut they … Continue reading a quick 16

Shout Out to the Youth Empowerment Summit!

today is going to be awesome. I get to meet a hundred or so high school students from various schools around York, PA at Martin Library's 8th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit. i'll be delivering the keynote address, running a couple workshops, and of course performing some poems. hopefully these kids are ready to rock out. … Continue reading Shout Out to the Youth Empowerment Summit!

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness

Here in Washington, DC, the Split This Rock Poetry Festival brings poets and activists from around the world together every other year. March 26 - 30, 2014 we are celebrating the transformative power of the imagination with poetry of provocation and witness. Please join us if you can. I'm performing Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at … Continue reading Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness