Ryan J. is a spoken word artist based in Atlanta, GA. Recognized as a fresh and innovative voice throughout the
poetry community, Ryan J. is currently ranked 13th in the world for Spoken Word, was a member of the 2018 National Poetry Slam Group Piece Finals Champion Team, Art Amok Slam Team.
Ryan’s work brings audiences into the folds of a universe of his own construction, where he gives both scathing and
insightful perspective on topics such as police brutality, masculinity, mental health, and black culture. His work has
appeared on NPR’s City Lights, Mercer University’s ESPN promotions, FreezeRay Poetry, and The Lit & Bruised
Podcast among many others.
Ryan is a 2018 Cave Canem Fellow, a 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, the 2018 Art Amok Slam
Champion, and a 2018 Blackberry Peach Poetry Prize Winner. You may also recognize Ryan from the Season 2
Finale of BET’s The Quad.