Jonathan Mendoza is a Boston-based activist, poet, educator, and musician. Being multiracial of Mexican and Eastern European Jewish descent, he writes on identity, U.S.-Latin American relations, and ancestry, as well as mental health and contemporary global issues.
In 2014, he founded Board Bucks For Boston, a grassroots food drive at Emerson College that has brought nearly 3,500 pounds of leftover food to local Bostonians in need. He has recently initiated the Berklee Activist Network at Berklee College of Music, which will begin hosting its first series of events in the fall of 2017.
Jonathan is a proud Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni, coach, and organizer; is a two-time grand champion of Berklee College of Music’s slam team; is a three-time 'Best Poem' award recipient at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational; and is a 2015 National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston. His work can be found on Button Poetry and SlamFind, and in his newly released chapbook “When the Crows Come” from Pizza Pi Press. He is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in Arts for Social Advocacy and a minor in Political Science. He fuses arts and education with social and political advocacy to advance social justice movements in Latin America and in Latinx communities in the U.S.
He is available to book for performances, lectures, workshops, and teaching residencies. For availability, rates, and other inquiries, email MendozaPoetry@gmail.com.