Emmy Nominee and HBO Def Poet Jon Goode hails from Richmond, Virginia but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past decade Jon has performed his unique brand of comedic and life-affirming poetry at colleges and universities all over the nation, and venues both domestic and abroad. He is currently one of the featured artists in the sold out Passion and Poetry concert series that features some of the top rated poets and spoken word artists in the nation. Jon has been blessed to be a repeat featured act on Russell Simmons' HBO Def Poetry Jam and to have his highly acclaimed work published in print ads by Nike and in several magazines and periodicals nationwide. His work has also been featured in radio commercials for McDonalds and in television commercials and interstitials for TVLand/Nick @ Nite. Jon's work with Nick @ Nite earned him an Emmy nomination along with the Promax Gold award for best copyright in June 2006. Poetry Slam Incorporated ranks Jon Goode as one of the top poets in the nation due to his 3rd place finish at the national poetry slam competition in August 2006.
As a national award winning performance poet, Jon has been privileged to share the stage with Jamie Foxx, Mos Def, Kanye West, Tommy Davidson, Will Downing, Kindred, Ledisi, Roy Ayers, Common, Amiri Baraka, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Kim Fields, The Last Poets and many other talented poets, comedians and performers. Jon represents a refreshing change-up to traditional performance poetry, and has established himself as one of the most influential and positive voices in the African American community. Jon's laid back blend of humor and levity have propelled his career and made him one of the most highly awarded, celebrated and most sought after talents of our generation.