Jovan Mays exemplifies the true spirit of community that is the basis of the poetry slam. Since 2010 he has been a competing member for the Denver Slam Nuba National Team. In just his 2nd year he was crowned a National Poetry Slam Champion in Boston, Massachusetts. He has achieved notable success as a slam competitor not only locally but also throughout the country; but it is his commitment to community and education in both urban and rural communities that distinguish him as an organizer and artist.
During his time attending college at The Chadron State Campus, he hosted the successful Sigma Tau Delta Open Mic Series, facilitated the highly popular “Write Track” workshop series and produced the variety show “Release” which introduced the art form of Performance Poetry to a whole new generation of young folks in rural Nebraska – all while playing football, wrestling and working toward his degree to become a History teacher and coach.
He now resides in Denver, Colorado where he continues to workshop and educate people of all ages about this great art. His poetry program “Your Writing Counts” has reached upwards of 300 schools in just two years. Mays also serves as the SlamMaster for Slam Nuba and their Open Mic/ Slam night, which is sponsored by the Denver Film Society. This event occurs on the first and last Monday of the month at the Crossroads Theatre in the Historic Five Points District.
His third book entitled “The Tale of 3 Monarchs” is anticipated to be released at the top of the new year.