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National Poetry Slam Champion to Appear at Villanova University for Two-Day Poetry Event

Dr. Javon Johnson will be on campus Oct. 28 to lead a poetry workshop and guest judge poetry slam competition finals

Dr. Javon Johnson

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Beginning on Oct. 27, Villanova University’s Diversity Programming Committee will host a two-day poetry event, featuring a University-wide poetry slam competition and a performance by three-time National Poetry Slam champion, Dr. Javon Johnson. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Affairs, Gender and Women Studies, the Department of Communication and the Department of Africana Studies, this two-day event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register on Villanova Tix.

Dr. Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Performance Studies, with a cognate in African- American Studies and a certificate in Gender Studies, from Northwestern University. Johnson has appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” BET’s “Lyric Café,” TVOne’s “Verses & Flow.” He also co-authored “Crossover,” a Showtime documentary, in collaboration with the NBA and Nike.

The poetry event’s full schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.: Open Mic Poetry Slam

Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. All Villanova students, faculty and staff are invited to participate, and encouraged to pre-register at The top three finalists will have the chance to perform in the final round, judged by Dr. Johnson.

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Events featuring Dr. Javon Johnson

  • 1 – 2:15 p.m.: Poetry workshop led by Dr. Johnson
  • 7 p.m.: Poetry Slam finals, judged by Dr. Johnson; a speech and performance by Dr. Johnson will take place immediately following the finals.

As a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education, Villanova University recognizes diversity as an integral component of the teaching and learning experience and as an essential element of the ongoing intellectual, social and spiritual development of every member of the Villanova community. In an effort to cultivate an academic environment marked by genuine curiosity about different perspectives, Villanova’s Diversity Programming Committee sponsors several programs throughout the academic year to expand students’ knowledge and sensitivity to the variety of the human experience.

For more information on Villanova’s Diversity Programming Events, click here.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.