About

JR Mahung (They/He) is a Belizean-American poet from the South Side of Chicago and one half of Poetry duo Black Plantains with Malcolm Friend. They now teach, write, and study in Amherst, MA where they help coach the Smith College poetry slam team and assist in organizing The Plantain Collection, a poetry reading and conversation series for writers of diaspora. JR is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2017 Emerging Poet’s Incubator Fellow, and the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam representative for the Boston Poetry Slam. Their poetry is published or forthcoming in Moko Literary Magazine, Maps for Teeth, WusGood,  Cosmonauts Avenue, Winter Tangerine, Freezeray Literary Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Cantab Anthology, Vinyl Poetry Journal and elsewhere. Their second collection of poems “Since When He Have Wings” is forthcoming on Pizza Pi Press. JR’s mixtape is not for sale but he’ll ask you to buy it anyways. Tweet them about rice and beans @jr_mahung.