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|Member Since||January 29, 2022|
|Pen Name||Kevin heronJones|
|Bio||heronJones is an author, poet, journalist, editor, actor and lecturer This electrifying artist is best known for his profound and powerful delivery. His writing is edu-tainment. It is poignant and inspiring. Words that equally speak to the street, the church, the night club and institutions of higher learning. He attempts to analyze life beyond the physical and spiritual norms to find the scientific parallels between our art forms, belief systems and history. He attended Sheridan College where he earned a diploma in Journalism and later furthered his education with the University of Toronto studying creative writing. He began his professional career as a writer and performer in 1998. He began freelancing articles while at the same time shopping his poetry to numerous publications. After his first poems were published he figured that the best way to become recognized as a writer was by performing the written word. Not simply reading poetry but creating a theatrical experience with the words read. So he hit Toronto area open mic lounges looking for audiences who could soak in his unique expressions. In the year 2000 heronJones founded PoeticSoul with the initiative of producing spoken word showcases and slam poetry competitions. These events featured talented artists from the Greater Toronto Area. These showcases included the PoeticSoul poetry series 2001 – 2007, the Duel of the Iron Mic poetry series in collaboration with Unblind 2001 – 2004, the Iron Mic School Slam at Ryerson University 2005 – 2007, the 1NESS poetry series in collaboration with Al St. Louis and When Words are Spoken 2006 – 2007. He designed PoeticSoul as an organization dedicated to promoting the poetic arts scene and providing lovers of poetry with quality entertainment. The company motto "The Soul Of the City" is exhibited through the passionate essence of his various ventures. One such venture is the PoeticSoul Online Literary Journal launched in 2004 which at the time was the first online publication focused on the spoken word poetry community in Canada. The magazine contained spoken word news and event listings for Toronto's poetry enthusiasts. It also provided accurate and in-depth features with spoken word artists, music/book reviews and event summaries written with integrity. The creation of PoeticSoul Online Literary Journal led to the creation of literary contests: PoeticSoul poetry Contest (2006) and the Awaken the Mind short story contest (2006) which was co-founded with Sean Liburd of Knowledge bookstore. PoeticSoul Publishing was also formed in 2004 with its first release I AM a Child of the Sun the following year. In an effort to promote more positive images of African people, heronJones joined energies with a group of like minded individuals to form AIM, African Image Makers. The AIM organization created scholarships for African students, organized various fundraisers and released a clothing line with thought provoking designs and poetry that reflected the beauty of the Black Caribbean and African Community. heronJones wanted to further his message in other mediums so he began to hold lectures and workshops to say what couldn’t be expressed with a single poem. Thus PoeticSoul Speaks was established for heronJones’ initiative as a motivational speaker. He’s held numerous workshops for students and businesses throughout the Greater Toronto Area. For the youth he’s provided an interactive introduction to storytelling and spoken word where children are challenged to create their own oratory creations. For older students and adults the workshop ‘What you think is What you Are’ challenges participants to focus on goals and self-management. They learn to avoid self-limiting thoughts and recognize their innate abilities.|
|Publications||I Am a Child of the Sun Telephone Love Half-Court Trap|