About J. W.
At age 15 J.W. was swept out to sea, caught by a riptide below Houda Point near Trinidad, California. After several hours of struggle and story-telling through gritted teeth, he was rescued by the Coast Guard, exhausted and hypothermic, but alive. Now 28 years old, he has been writing poetry and organizing spoken word poetry events in the Humboldt County area for over a decade. J.W. has been part of A Reason to Listen for 6 years. His central motivations for writing and performing are the critique of power, personal improvement by way of self-reflection and progressing traditional perspectives on love, sexuality and masculinity. He feels as though one must experience change to appreciate stability, endure suffering to find resolve, embrace humility to heal from anger. His style finds intensity without ambiguity. He pours over his own fragility and disappointment to find some raw beauty in the unexpected discovery that ensues.
The Great Divide is his first full length album of original spoken word performances accompanied by original musical composition. Free access to his poems and recordingsThe Great Divide is available through Neshama Road LLC. https://www.neshamaroad.com/
His work can also be found on other major music services.
In 2017, J.W. received the Fuerza Award for Best Work in Spoken Word in the Toyon Journal of
Literature and Art.