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J Mase III
poet. educator. founder of awQward.

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

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