jonathan mendoza
Poet | Organizer | Educator
Jonathan Mendoza is an award-winning Jewish and Mexican-American political and community organizer, spoken word poet, social justice educator, and musician. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, a three-time award winner at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, and winner of the Sonia Sanchez – Langston Hughes Poetry Prize. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, NPR, Flama, The Poetry Foundation, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
His art focuses on multiracial and Jewish POC identity, Latinidad, migrant justice, mental health and masculinity. He aims less to make political art but to make politics artful, fusing arts and education with social and political organizing to strengthen movements locally and abroad.
Jonathan has organized across the U.S.—in Boston, Washington D.C., San Antonio, Chicago, and North Carolina—with local and national movements around democratization, policing, and migrant and economic justice.
Jonathan is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in Arts for Social Advocacy and minors in Political Science and Spoken Word Poetry. Jonathan ties the artistic to the political, the academic to the emotional, providing galvanizing content for a variety of communities and spaces and generating critical conversations around social justice and identity.
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