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COMPOSITION

These poems travel time, experiment with form, honor my parents, explore my own blackness, interrogate the idea of [dominant race]ness through a multiracial lens, open dialogue with and rebut documents dealing with interracial marriage in the south, open up about grief while shining the light on resilience, and shout out my small hometown, Rich Square NC, and I can't wait for you to read them!

POETRY

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SING ME A LESSER WOUND

At times rhapsodic, at times elegaic, Junious Ward’s Sing Me a Lesser Wound parses Southern masculinity and interrogates the concept of home as a place we must leave—and sometimes spend the rest of our lives looking for. Published 2020 by Bull City Press. $3.99

Junious 'Jay' Ward is a poet and teaching artist from Charlotte, NC. He is a National Slam champion (2018), an Individual World Poetry Slam champion (2019), author of Sing Me A Lesser Wound (Bull City Press 2020) and Charlotte's inaugural Poet Laureate. Jay currently serves as a Program Director for BreatheInk, serves as vice chair on the board of The Watering Hole, and is part of several curatorial committees for arts events in Charlotte. Ward has attended Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Callaloo, The Watering Hole and Tin House Winter Workshop. His work can be found in Crabfat Magazine, Lackadaisy Lit Mag, Four Way Review, Diode Poetry Journal and additionally on Button Poetry, All Def Poetry, and Slamfind.

Previous events

May6

Lit/South Awards

CharlotteLit

Charlotte Lit's annual Lit Up! celebration featuring a reading and conversation with Ron Rash, the launch of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit, and recognition of winners and finalists of the inaugural Lit/South Awards.

Apr30

NCETA Spring Symposium Keynote FeaturedPoet

Apr28

Spoken Word Spotlight Show Iredell Arts Council

203 S Meeting St, Statesville, NC

Poets unite for a night of high energy emotion and truth! This show is open to the public and admission free - join us and take in the talent of your wordsmith neighbors.

Apr17

Voices of the City

8 of Charlotte's top spoken word artists compete in a poetry slam for bragging rights and $500. Hosted by VH1's Karli Redd.

Apr15

SlamCharlotte Grand Slam Finals

Feb1

The Art of Spoken Word

Poor Richards Book Shoppe, 135 Brevard Ct, Charlotte, NC

 A poet, a guitarist and a painter....need I say more? Jus John will be playing guitar and reknowned local artist William Puckett (ever seen the Matheson St Bridge?) will be visually interpreting the poetry. Me? I'll be performing the poetry. It'll be an outstanding night.

Age limit: All ages

Jan27

Lyrical Elevation

The Tipsy Teapot, Greenville, NC

 Get ready for the Sons of Tunder - Jaycee, CP Maze, and yours truly J. Ward! I must say I'm really excited about this show. Price includes dinner.

15.00 Age limit: All ages

Sep8

Say Word

Art, Music & Poetry

Age limit: All ages

Aug31

Concrete Wordz

Poor Richard's Book Shoppe

Age limit: All ages

May4

Rendezvouz Lounge Spoken Word

Rendezvouz Lounge, 616 Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe, NC

DJ Black on the Wheels of Steel, Open Mic hosted by Navi the Poet, your music feature will be Tony Lelo. (for those of you that don't know, Tony Lelo is a baaaad boy! You have to check him out live) and your poetry feature? Me! Make plans to attend. This is a grown & sexy event.

Age limit: 21+

Dec10

WP4 - Book of Rhymes

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Raleigh NC

Private Event

Age limit: 18+

Jul1

Touch One Friday's - Feature J. Ward, Bluz & LadyVee

Anntony's Carribean Cafe

Age limit: All ages

Apr2

Dear Hip Hop presented by LuxuryBlends.com

UNC - Charlotte

Age limit: All ages

Mar10

Wine Up - Featured Poet J. Ward

Charlotte NC

Age limit: 21+

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