The Blood Jet Poetry Series will host Jonathan Penton and Chris The Journey James on Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. at B.J.’s (4301 Burgundy).
In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded UnlikelyStories.org. Since then, he has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), and Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, 2016).
Chris James is National spoken word poet, author, teaching artist, philanthropist, playwright, photographer, singer and songwriter. He is a master of many trades and has impacted many pockets of the world with his empowering artistic abilities. This young prophet and genius is truly using his gift to make a difference. The Journey of Chris James began in the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, and is steadily growing. His latest album OVERCOMING THE ODDS (2015) paints vivid images of his upbringing and adulthood and all the challenges of being young and black in America. The project includes spoken word and music. The project is a follow up of his first book and stage play THE ODDS AGAINST U.S.=URBAN STATISTICS (2014).