Jonathan Mendoza is an award-winning Mexican-American and Jewish spoken word poet, community organizer, activist, and educator. He writes and performs on topics pertaining to social justice, mental health, multiracial and Jewish POC identity, Latinidad, U.S.–Latin American relations, and local and global politics.
Jonathan is a National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston, Massachusetts, a three-time award winner at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, and the 2018 winner of the Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and Button Poetry.
He is a proud Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts youth poetry slam alumni, coach, and organizer. In 2014, he founded Board Bucks for Boston, a grassroots food drive at Emerson College that has brought over 1,000 pounds of leftover food annually to local Bostonians in need. He initiated the Berklee Activist Network in 2016, which coalesced nearly a dozen student organizations to help connect them with local activism in the Boston community. He has organized political campaigns around gentrification, police brutality, immigrant rights, and economic justice and currently organizes with Pilsen Alliance in Chicago.
Jonathan is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in Arts for Social Advocacy and minors in Political Science and Spoken Word Poetry. Jonathan ties the artistic to the political, the academic to the emotional, providing galvanizing content for a variety of audiences and making him a rising star in the world of spoken word.
For booking availability, rates, and other inquiries, please email MendozaPoetry@gmail.com.