J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet based in Seattle, by way of NYC. He is the author of "If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell my Kidney I was the Fiercest Poet Around", as well as "And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer's Reflections on Grief, Unemployment, and Inappropriate Jokes about Death".
As an educator, J Mase has worked with thousands of community members in the US, the UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA youth and adults in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities, and restricted care facilites among others.
He is the founder of the international performance tour Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement, and founder of awQward, the first ever trans and queer people of color specific talent agency.
His work and musings have been featured in Believe Out Loud, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, Upworthy, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, the Huffington Post and more.
Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, and of course: www.awQwardtalent.com
About If I Should Die Under the Knife:
“Through each page [J Mase III] takes you on the exciting, sometimes dangerous journey through the soul while always making sure you have all limbs inside the moving vehicle. The transition between stage performance and written work is done flawlessly. [J Mase III] is by far the most innovative, rebellious, caring poet that I have had the pleasure of calling friend, peer and loved one. Through Mase’s words you become family” Angel Jovan Perez, Poet
“ Unflinchingly honest, muscular and real.” -Saida M. Agostini, Community Poet and Social Worker
About J Mase III:
“J Mase III, certified sexy beast! (GRRR)… If you need a performer who will make you laugh ‘til you cry and then actually cry just because the poem is goddamn beautiful, make sure you check Mason out.” -Lillian Dunn, The Apiary Corp.
"One of the most highly sought after poets in Philadelphia." -Zane Booker, Smoke Lillies & Jade