Jonathan Jacob Moore, or Jon Jon, is a Detroit-born scholar and writer. He is a 2017 National College Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) Best Poet and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at University Of California, Berkeley, where he is a Berkeley Fellow. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOAAT, DREGINALD, DRØME, FoglifterThe James Franco Review, RaceBaitR, and Vinyl among others. 
Jon Jon is Managing Editor at Qui Parle, Fellowship Director at Winter Tangerine, and Book Reviewer for the Shade Journal
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Awards, Fellowships, residencies 


SHOW US YOUR SPINES September Resident

James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library

First Place

2019 Berkeley Graduate Fellows Video Contest




Rustbelt Poetry Slam, Detroit, MI



FEMS Poetry Slam, Boston, MA



Ted Shapiro Memorial Award for Best Senior Honors Thesis |

Highest Thesis Honors

Tufts University American Studies Program


Honos Civicus 

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University


Pride on the Hill Award

Tufts University LGBT Alumni Association 


Best Poet | Best Poem | Best Persona Poem 

ACUI College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), Chicago, IL




President's Fund Grantee

Anthony Monaco, President of Tufts University




Gerald Gill Research Fellow | Research Fellow

Center for the Study of Race & Democracy at Tufts University and Harvard Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research 




Top 100 Black LGBTQ Leaders-To-Watch

National Black Justice Coalition 




Gates Millennium Scholar


Horatio Alger National Scholar

selected works


VIDEO: Button Poetry | "Zumbi"



REVIEW: ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and EnvironmentA Billion Black Anthropocenes or None. By Kathryn Yusoff



featured in Foglifter Journal, Vol. 4 Issue 2

flora & fauna

featured in BOAAT and Propter Nos



RaceBaitRCarried by Corpses: 'This is America' or The Ingenuity of Lynching in 10 Parts


REVIEW: the Shade Journal | Textual Teleportation in Alexis Pauline Gumbs' "M Archive: After the End of the World"



DRØME | It’s (Been) the End: A Repudiation of Trumpocalypticism Ending in Affirmation






REVIEW: The Poetry Project October/November Newsletter

"Body Text" by Sean D. Henry Smith



the Shade Journal | And Other Hoaxes





INTERVIEW: The Ploughsares Blog at Emerson College (John Rufo) “frank ocean and all black things that disappear on their own”: A Conversation with Jonathan Jacob Moore


The James Franco Review | Issue 8 


Vinyl Poetry | for Prince & scooby-doo enters the diary room


the Shade Journal | Issue 1


Black Napkin Press | Vol 1 Issue 3 


Winter TangerineSing That Like Dovesong Anthology





Tufts Observer | Speaking Back to Death in Black Breath







education | scholarship 



Ph.D. African-American Studies and African Diaspora Studies (May 2023)

University of California, Berkeley 

Spring 2017

B.A. American Studies & Africana Studies (2013-2017)

Tufts University, Medford, MA


Senior Honors Thesis: Notes on Speculating the Black Apocalyptic

Writing Fellow 

Introduction to Anthropology of Science & Technology | Dr. Nick Seaver

Fall 2016​

Writing Fellow

Religion & Politics in American History | Dr. Heather Curtis 


Spring 2016

Exchange Student, Africana Studies

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Fall 2015

Teaching Assistant 

Race in America | Professor Jean Wu 

works in progress 

Jon Jon is currently working on his first manuscript.