here are a bunch of photos of me from the past couple years.
i've been traveling a lot without updating my website. my apologies. in the summer of 2015 i took the DC Youth Slam Team to New York City, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Cape Town, South Africa. right now i am in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (with no young poets) for a much needed … Continue reading all around the world
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
at the protests the news reporters keep coming up to me, asking my thoughts and why i'm there. i keep telling them there are better people to talk to and that i can put them in touch with some of the young black people leading this march. i might refuse to do the interviews from … Continue reading I Should’ve Cussed on the News
so in a random online conversation with a former student now in college, amid regular talk of school and adjusting to college life, this student hits me with something I didn't expect. she was a relatively shy student and she probably never won nor entered a poetry slam. nevertheless she stayed involved and kept writing … Continue reading words that saved me today
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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