J Mase III is a Black/Trans/Queer/Rowdy-as-Hell Poet with a capital [P] based in New York City and creator of the national performance event, Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement. As a performer and teaching poet, J Mase III has rocked venues internationally from London to San Francisco at colleges and radio stations to group homes and youth centers. An organ donor, J Mase is author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around. In J Mase’s other life as an educator and activist he has worked with thousands of community members and service providers across the country on the needs of LGBTQ youth and adults in spaces such as faith communities, elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, medical agencies, juvenile justice organizations, foster care programs among others. Formerly affiliated with organizations such as the nationally recognized, Soulforce, Mase recently served as co-director of the 2012 Equality Ride helping to take 18 young adult leaders across the country to stop spiritual and political abuse aimed at LGBTQ people in religiously conservative arenas.
On his off time, he can also be found contributing to various academic and literary publications to keep his mind busy; some of these publications include the Vanderbilt African American Lectionary Online to talk about gay teens in the church, the anthology Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work to share insight about gender and genitalia and as regular contributor to T in Philly. As a facilitator, he currently works with organizations like Your Identity Kit to keep the dialogue going about faith and affirmation all over the country.
In addition to his skills as a performance poet his available workshop topics include:
2) Dealing With Body Trauma Through Art
3) Trans* Identities/Needs
4) LGBTQIA Competency Training
5) Performance Poetry
6) Using Poetry for Social Justice
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