Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Jerry Jones Addresses His [Players] Regarding the NFL Boycott

Performed at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN

“You conflating ‘patriots’ with ‘runaways’, not my boys.”

Don’t miss this poem from Junious ‘Jay’ Ward, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Google Image Search: Boston Massacre

Performed at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN

“America renamed us: nuisance. But history will concede our place.”

Don’t miss this poem from Junious ‘Jay’ Ward, performing at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Gentrification

Performed at Rustbelt 2019

“A lot of folk love to be surrounded by Black culture, but not necessarily Black people.”

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Black Rapture

Performed by Junious ‘Jay’ Ward

“The answer to any question is not a trump that raises a wall, it’s a trumpet that brings one down.”

Don’t miss this poem from Junious ‘Jay’ Ward, performing his poem “Black Rapture”

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Black Rapture

Performed at IWPS 2019 in San Diego, CA

“The answer to any question is not a trump that raises a wall, it’s a trumpet that brings one down.”

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Willie Lynch Records

Performed at Rustbelt 2019

“Welcome to Willie Lynch Records, where you will either buy the product or be the product.”

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Origami Swan

Performed at IWPS 2015

“You are no paper lantern, you are the sun, a swan, a brightly lit paper thing. You are a woman, stronger than cancer, your heart deeper than any scalpel could ever reach.”

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Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – An Ode to What the Divorce Didn’t Take

Performed at IWPS 2019 in San Diego, CA

“When I say I know I didn’t do everything right, I also know I didn’t do everything wrong.”

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Check out the 2022 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest! Open NOW – January 9, 2023. More info and full guidelines here!

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Desireé Dallagiacomo – Who We Are & Who We Come From
Sabrina Benaim – Feels Tripping
Sean Patrick Mulroy – Advanced Poetics for Queer Voices
Siaara Freeman – Series(ly) Speaking: The Alchemy of Turning One Idea Into Many
Rachel Wiley – One Poem Six Ways
Patrick Roche – Reclaiming and Reframing Your Narrative
Topaz Winters – Won’t You Celebrate With Me: The Power of Joy in Poetry
Blythe Baird – How To Bring Your Poetry to the Stage
Stevie Edwards – (Re)Writing the Politicized Body
Junious ‘Jay’ Ward – Such A Vivrant Thing!
Ollie Schminkey – Odes and Elegies: Form Poems for This Century
Rudy Francisco – Getting Stitches

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