Jonathan B. Tucker (JBT) is a writer, performer, educator, DJ, and dreamer who is passionate about poetry, youth empowerment, racial and social justice, and finding purpose through service to others. He has received numerous awards and artist fellowships, and has performed and taught at schools, libraries, detention centers, museums, and conferences around the world, as well as at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the South African State Theatre. His poems have appeared in Etan Thomas’s anthology Voices of the Future (Haymarket Books, 2012), Amistad Journal (Howard University, 2011), and two self-published chapbooks, i got the matches (2012) and jonathan b. tucker (2010). JBT was a member of DC’s 11th Hour Slam team in 2009 and 2010, competing at the National Poetry Slam. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Crofton, MD, he has helped coordinate and coach the DC Youth Slam Team with Split This Rock since 2011.