We're back double-quick with our next slam at the Drake coming Sept 2...and we're featuring a U.S. national champ whose San Diego team just won the U.S. National Poetry Slam three weeks ago!
Javon Johnson bio: Merging race and gender theory with comedy, lyricism, and rhyme schemes, Javon Johnson is a renowned and highly awarded slam and spoken word poet. Javon is a two-time national poetry slam champion (2003 & 2004), and in 2005 he placed 3rd, making him one of a handful of poets to make finals three years in a row. After a brief hiatus, he returned to slam, placing 5th in 2011, 4th in 2012, 2nd in 2013, and 7th in the Individual World Poetry Slam championship in 2015. Javon appeared on HBO’sDef Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, TVOnes Verses & Flow, and co-wrote a documentary titled Crossover, which aired on Showtime, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike. One-fifth of the powerhouse collective, Fiveology, Javon is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post and an internationally touring poet. The Los Angeles Times said, “From subject matter, to wordplay to delivery, he is working it out! It's hard not to have good times while watching him have a good time on stage.” Having earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Javon is an Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Studies at San Francisco State University with two forthcoming books, Killing Poetry: Blackness and Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities (Rutgers University Press, 2017) and Towards the End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape (Northwestern University Press, 2017).