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El Jones

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El Jones is a poet, professor and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was born in Wales and grew up in Winnipeg.[1] She was Halifax's Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015.[2] Her book, Live From the Afrikan Resistance! published in 2014 by Roseway, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing,[3] is a collection of poems about resisting white colonialism.[4] In 2015, she was a resident at the International Writing Program at University of Iowa.[5][6] Her work focuses on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism, and decolonization;[3] she wrote in the Washington Post in June 2020 about "the realities of white-supremacist oppression that black people in Canada have long experienced."[7]

Since 2016, she has co-hosted a radio show called Black Power Hour on CKDU-FM, an educational program which provides information on Black history and culture aimed at incarcerated people.[8] Listeners from prisons call in to rap and read poetry that they have written, providing a voice to people who rarely get a wide audience.[9] She is a contributor to the Halifax Examiner and the Huffington Post Canada.[10] She has taught at Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary's University and Mount Saint Vincent University.[11] In 2017, she was named the 15th Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.[12]

Awards & Honours

  • Named a Bold Visionary in 2014 by the A Bold Vision National Leadership Conference.[13]
  • Recipient of the Dr. Allan Burnley (Rocky) Jones Individual Award at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award (2016) for her "commitment to advancing human rights, equity and inclusion."[14]
  • Two-time National Spoken Word Champion.[15]
  • 2017/18 Poet in Residence for Poetry in Voice.[16]


  1. ^ "El Jones". Atlantic Canadian Poets' Archive. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ (HRM), Halifax Regional Municipality. "HRM Poet Laureate |". Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  3. ^ a b Beaumont, Hilary. "El Jones, poetry and power". The Coast Halifax. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  4. ^ "Live from the Afrikan Resistance! | Quill and Quire". Quill and Quire. 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  5. ^ Catharine Tunney, "El Jones, Halifax's poet laureate, moving to Iowa for work". CBC News, July 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "El JONES | The International Writing Program". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
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  8. ^ Boon, Jacob. "Black Power Hour offers inmate education over the airwaves". The Coast Halifax. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  9. ^ "Halifax radio show gives inmates outlet on the airwaves | Metro Halifax". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  10. ^ "El Jones". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  11. ^ "El Jones advocates system change for universities - Dalhousie Gazette". Dalhousie Gazette. 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  12. ^ "Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies". Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  13. ^ "A Bold Vision | Women's Leadership Conference". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  14. ^ "Human rights award recipients honoured". The Chronicle Herald. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  15. ^ Up, All Lit. "Poetry in Motion: The Spoken Word as a Tool of Liberation – El Jones". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  16. ^ "El Jones | Poetry In Voice". Retrieved 2017-10-24.