Venus Jones - Poet and Professor

Venus Jones - Poet and Professor

Venus Jones is more than an author, actress, professor, and poet. She’s a social change agent waging peace through poetry. She writes and speaks about empowerment, diversity, and being true to yourself. As a writing coach and performer, she inspires individuals to rise to their highest potential. She has been compared to Maya Angelou and praised by Whoopi Goldberg and poet Nikki Giovanni. The Langston Hughes Family Museum even referred to Venus as, “Langston Hughes in the form of a black girl.”

With an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, she’s a MALI Fellow and serves as a board member for Poetry Center San Jose. This former MTV intern and accomplished actress also opened for Def Poetry on Broadway. Her play “Race and War: An Awkward Conversation” was featured at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, and “Poetic Soldier” was awarded “Most Inspiring Solo Performance” at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. She is the author of four spoken word albums and two books: “She Rose” and “Lyrics for Langston.” Her favorite quote is by Alice Walker: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

Visit venusjones.com.

EDUCATOR CONTACT INFO

vj@venusjones.com

http://www.venusjones.com

  175 Baypointe Pkwy #424

Santa Clara

8138631155

SHE ROSE (Why History and Herstory Matters)

Program description

Venus will read her signature poem “She Rose” and talk about female heroes of the past and present. Here’s an excerpt video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdfIJeXDrXo

A review of other program options are available on my home page and here: https://venusjones.com/speaker_programs/

“I’m reaching back and looking forward.”

-Venus Jones

Booking / scheduling contact

Venus Jones

   813-863-1155

 bookings@venusjones.com

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Storytelling, Theatre
Cultural Origin: African, Multicultural
Program type: Performance, Residency (including camps), School Program, Workshops & Classes
Population served: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Subject: Language Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Preferably Thursdays or Fridays

Available times:

Cordless microphone and Stand

 

Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Bay Area and beyond

Qualifications

Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Educator Qualifications

Standards are customized for every classroom visit: Yes
Instructors receive annual professional development training: Yes
Provides lesson plans: Yes
Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

see performance agreement