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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.
Dan Vera's a writer, editor and author of the forthcoming Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press, 2013), winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies. He's the co-creator of the literary history site, DC Writers' Homes and on the board of Split This Rock Poetry. --- “The poetry of Dan Vera is clear, strong, honest and funny. He’s the sharp-eyed observer in the corner who doesn’t say much, but makes every word count.” Martín Espada --- “To read Dan Vera is to believe the world is actually a good place after all – a place where the reputation of poetry is redeemed with humor and kindness. In the deepest part of the heart where we truly reside, there is always a wish that poetry will rinse off artifice. This is it.” Grace Cavalieri