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Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Jonathan B. Tucker is a performance poet, facilitator, youth worker/advocate, community organizer and coach of the DC Youth Slam Team. He uses performance art to start conversations about social justice issues, focusing his efforts primarily on engaging and supporting young artists and activists in the DC/MD/VA area. He has led high school students on year-long journeys with Operation Understanding DC, exploring cross cultural dialogue and traveling down south to study the Civil Rights Movement. He is currently a grantee with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities’ Young Artists Program, using spoken word poetry as a vehicle for peer education around HIV/AIDS with a group from Children’s Hospital called Teens Against the Spread of AIDS. Jonathan also works with Teaching for Change and regularly hosts open mics and slams at Busboys and Poets, BloomBars, The Fridge, and other community art spaces in which he also teaches creative writing and performance.
Chevy Chase, MD
Davi Walders's poetry and prose have appeared in more than 200 publications, including JAMA, Crab Orchard Review, Ms, Lilith, and many anthologies. Her book, WOMEN AGAINST TYRANNY: Poems of Resistance During the Holocaust, will be published by Clemson University Digital Press in 2011. She developed and directed the Vital Signs Poetry Project at NIH and The Children's Inn at NIH which was funded by The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.