Venus Jones earned her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in 2014 and she was one of the honored commencement speakers that same year. She’s a former actress, MTV intern and opened for Def Poetry on Broadway. As a writer and poet, she’s published three books, four spoken word albums, and a mobile app full of poetic affirmations for the universal principles of Kwanzaa. She’s been a TEDx presenter and a poetry slam finalist at the Austin International Poetry Festival. Her one-woman show, “Poetic Soldier” earned her “Most Inspiring Solo Performance at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.” Her short play “Race and War: an awkward conversation” was featured at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. Her poetry has been featured in several journals and endorsed by the Langston Hughes Family Museum. She's a current Mosaic Silicon Valley Fellow and an associate professor who helps her students make an impact on the page and stage. Visit venusjones.com for more info.