Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Location: Scarritt Bennett Center, Fondren Hall (2nd floor)
Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet.
Free and open to the public.
Henry L. Jones is an award-winning writer and visual artist who focuses on cultural, historical, and social issues. Jones published Run into Blacknetss: Feeling My Poetic Gumbo, (Pneuma Publishing International, Inc.) which received media praises. His next book in progress is BlackSkillet Blues: Poetry without Cornbread. This writer is known to delve deeply into the depths of the mind and heart. He seeks answers. Since a child of 8 expressing the world was a habit. He’d put those words on scrap paper, napkins or anything he could find. Cultural symbols, historical events, and spiritual matters inspire both his literary and visual work. Linking subjects his African heritage, he digs into hidden roots juggles both literary and art worlds. He’s participated in many literary programs. At the Frist Art Museum, the poet taught poetry writing for the museum’s art appreciation Ekphrastic Poetry Program for the “Chaos and Awe” exhibition. Jones was selected as a 2019-20 Art Wire Fellow of The Porch and the OZ Arts Nashville partnership. This program brings a cohort of writers to write about OZ performances. He was selected for the“20/20 Vision of the Czech Republic Art and Poetry Project” of photographer of Terry Price, an ekphrastic project. Jones collaborated his poetry with photographer Carlton Wilkinson in “The African Male Museum,” a photography series which won the Individual Artists Fellowship (visual art). For the House of Blues Music Company and Platinum Entertainment, his poem, “Our Houses are Burning,” and essay about the Southern church burnings were commissioned for “Houses of God,” a gospel release. The CD was fundraiser for the churches burned by racists domestic terrorists. His poem, “Abstractions Heal,” was converted into a dance performance by the Rossi Turner Dance Troupe. The rendition was performed at the Parthenon Museum at the Homecomingexhibit. Jones He is a featured poet in Poetry Train America, a documentary anthology about American poets. He was the selected visual artist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra National Endowment for the Arts program “Tennessee at the Millennium.” He taught art to students for a theatrical production. Artwork by the artist has hung in museums, universities, and galleries. His art is in private and public collections. Most of his exhibits have themes displayed with his poetry.
Jones was interviewed by National Public Radio (Kentucky) about his solo art and poetry exhibition, “Full of Precious Dreams,” at the Janice Mason Museum. TV, radio and print media have featured and written about his work. His poems have appeared in anthologies, journals, magazines, and newspapers. Poetry published in The Porch Literary website, The Freedom Papers Anthology, Chicago Quarterly Literary Review,Blacks n Asia Magazine, Urban Flavor, The Black Digest, Beatlick News, Style Magazine, The Vanderbilt Review, Center Stage Magazine, Chicago Writes Journal, Healing Poems Journal, Pen & Prosper, On-lineDating Magazine,and others. He’s been an editor of several publications as well. Jones recites his poetry often tapping into his Griot roots and style. Locally, as a featured/guest poet he’s recited and shared at Global Education Center (Line Breaks Literary Series), Scarritt Bennett Center (Poet’s Corner), Frist Art Museum (Chaos and Awe),Southern Festival of Books (Salon @ 615), African Street Festival, Writings on the Wall, Poetry in the Brew, Earth Matters, Flatrock Poetry, Lyrical Brew, Tennessee State University, Van Gordon Gallery (Nashville Visionaries Project), Vanderbilt University, The Curb Center (Who am I) and many other venues. On the other side of poetry venues he was a host at Kijiji Coffee House, an open-mic spot on Jefferson Street. Some awards and recognitions include: Nashville Scene“8 Day Top Picks,” The Tennessean“Arts Spotlight,” Tennessee Tribune(Books to Buy), GANSPA Award (State (TN) and National), People’s Choice Award (Centennial Art Gallery), City Search (Top Picks), and others. Currently, Jones is painting images for a museum exhibit with an historical connection at the Parthenon Museum. His poetry will connect to those images. Also, he’s building a foundation for a stage production of his play, Another Day, Another Dollar which debuted in 2018 as a theatrical reading. Other projects include a film project and children’s book. Jones is a native from Detroit, Michigan and a transplant from Chicago, Illinois. He’s a Fisk University graduate who he lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and three children.