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Kassidi Jones

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

BREEDLOVE POETRY OPEN MIC + FEATURE KASSIDI JONES

July 25, 2017

"Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party is a poetry based open mic held in West Philadelphia every Tuesday night since January of 2015. Inspired by The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Pecola Breedlove & The Freedom Party is a gathering space for the Black Community and those genuinely concerned with the issues faced by the Black community. Poetry and other live performance genres are put at the forefront of this gathering space. Come on out, hear some good poetry, grab some food, and meet some cool people. Open to the public. Wear what you want to wear. Organized, relaxed, safe space."

2017 CALLALOO FELLOW

June 2017

Offering sessions in poetry writing and in fiction writing, the workshop now admits, on a competitive basis, participants from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean. A number of distinguished poets and fiction writers have led sessions of the workshop on the craft of poetry and fiction—e. g., John Edgar Wideman, Mat Johnson, Thomas Glave, Tayari Jones, Lucille Clifton, Terrance Hayes, Percival Everett, Toi Derricotte, A. Van Jordan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Edwidge Danticat, Natasha Trethewey, and Tracy K. Smith.

SOUNDS IN A GALLERY FEATURING KASSIDI JONES

December 3, 2016

"Hosted by Poetry247.com founder Christopher K.P. Brown, The Sounds In A Gallery Open Mic is Philadelphia's premier poetry based open mic."

APIARY PRESENTS: YOUTHQUAKE FEATURING KASSIDI JONES

April 21, 2016

"YOUTHQUAKE aims to showcase Philadelphia's youth poets and writers and give emerging writers the opportunity to feature. 

This is also an ALL AGES OPEN MIC for writers, musicians, puppeteers, and performers of all disciplines.

Our April feature is Kassidi Jones. Jones is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying English and Africana studies, and the director of Penn's spoken word group, the Excelano project. She spends her time reading black feminist literature, picking up extra jobs to keep her busy, and attempting to be an adult."

2016 POETIC ADDRESS TO THE NATION

February 20, 2016

"The Poetic Address will commence at 7:30pm with a Poetic Preamble hosted by Montgomery County Poet Laureate David Escobar-Martin and featuring emerging poets Shaneka Briggs, Kassidi Jones, Julian Randall, and Sabrina Slipchenko. Hosted by Yolanda Wisher, USDAC Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal, and newly named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, the body of the Poetic Address will feature sonnets about the state of our union composed by Wisher, Cathy Linh Che, Thomas Devaney, LaTasha Natasha Diggs, Denice Frohman, Ross Gay, Bob Holman, Margaret Randall, Luis Rodriguez, J.C. Todd, and Tanaya Winder. The Address will also include performances by local luminaries Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, Trapeta Mayson, Jena Osman, Frank Sherlock, Monnette Sudler, and Kirwyn Sutherland. The event will be performed live in Philadelphia and livestreamed by PhillyCAM in conjunction with FreeSpeechTV."

THE EXCELANO PROJECT, PRESIDENT

Spring 2015 - Spring 2018

"The Excelano Project is the University of Pennsylvania’s first and only spoken word group. (Supposedly) derived from Latin, “excelano” means “we march forth” and from its foundation in 2003 by poets and then Penn students Carlos Gomez and Warren Longmire, EP has been doing just that. EP is known for our heart-felt words, striking performances, and well… our fury. Performing on campus and competing at the national level for 5 years now, The Excelano Project has made a name for itself. In 2007 and in 2009 we had the pleasure of taking home the College Union’s Poetry Slam Invitational title. Our poets have been featured at the White House, on HBO, at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, on Broadway, and all around the world."

THE CONNECTICUT FORUM: “THE STATE OF WOMEN 2012: EXPLORING RIGHTS, ROLES, POLITICS AND POWER.”

October 12, 2012

"Junior Kassidi Jones stood before an audience of almost 3,000, including some of the country’s most compelling and influential women, and flawlessly recited from memory an excerpt from Eve Ensler’s poem “I Am An Emotional Creature” to open the Connecticut Forum’s season on Friday at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford."