In the month leading up to MLK Day, our blog will be exploring diverse expressions of art created by people of color. The blog will highlight artists, collaborators, performers, poets, filmmakers, and everything in between. We will be exploring creative outlets that express the various ways racial injustice exists today.

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Meet: Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones is a very busy guy. He’s a lauded poet and author of the equally lauded book Prelude to Bruise – a collection of poems that delves deeply and tenaciously into the themes of race, sexuality, and family. The book was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award and called one of the best books of 2014 by NPR.

Jones is also the Executive Editor of culture at BuzzFeed. Last year, he spearheaded the BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship a four month mentorship program (plus a serious stipend) for young and emerging writers. Watch Jones recite his poem “Boy in Whalebone Corset” in the video above, and find out more about his work here.