Jonah is a poet-educator and conceptual/sound artist from Flint, MI. His debut poetry collection, Stereo(TYPE), won the 2017 Sawtooth Poetry Prize from Ahsahta Press and the 2019 PEN America/Joyce Osterweil Prize. He is completing his Ph.D. in English Studies at Illinois State University and is the recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, The Conversation Literary Festival, and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. His poetry and hybrid works are featured in Callaloo, Spoon River Poetry Review, HEArt Online, Best New Poets 2017, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and others. He can be found online at

Project Description: “Based on Actual Events / Attempts to Survive the Apocalypse” incorporates oral narratives, poetry, interviews, appropriated state documents, film, and photography to provide a dynamic and immediate experience of what it’s like to survive in fear of and resistance to the Flint Water Crisis. “Based on Actual Events” explores the subversive methods taken by Flint residents to combat the crisis as it happens upon a city plagued with violence and economic despair. This work endeavors to rekindle the sense of urgency in the minds of fellow Americans, and serves primarily as a means of activism to put political pressure on the State of Michigan and the United States Government through the investigative/artistic gaze of native Flint residents.

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