Ryan Jones

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Ryan Jones is a Mercer University alumnus and an internationally touring spoken word artist based out of Atlanta, GA. Recognized as a fresh and innovative voice throughout the poetry community, Ryan Jones was ranked 13th in the world for spoken word on 2018, was a member of the 2018 National Poetry Slam Group Piece Finals Champion Team, Art Amok, and has amassed over 1 million video views across several social media sites. Ranging from breakup voicemails from the Earth to time-traveling zombies, Ryan’s poems bring audiences into the folds of a universe of his own construction, where he gives both scathing and insightful perspectives on topics such as police brutality, masculinity, mental health, and black culture. Ryan is a 2018 Cave Canem Fellow, a 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, the 2018 Art Amok Slam Champion, a 2019 TEDxAtlanta Speaker and a 2018 Blackberry Peach Poetry Prize Winner. You may also recognize Ryan from the Season 2 Finale of BET’s The Quad.

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