Jo performing his poetry at an open mic in 2020.

Tallawah (adj.): a Jamaican Patois word meaning “strong” or “resilient.” It is said that Jamaica’s unofficial motto is Wi likkle, but wi tallawah. (We are small, but we are mighty.)

Jo Foderingham-Brown (she/her or he/him, use either, idc) is a poet, writer, student, activist, and all-around nerd living in D.C.

Much of Jo’s poetry is about Blackness, Jamaican heritage, and body politics, while his research focuses on how Blackness operates in the US and interracial (specifically, Black/ white) relationships and desire. His activism is around disability justice, racial justice, Palestine solidarity, and making social justice movements physically, culturally, and intellectually accessible. He (proudly) spends much of his time on social media.

Jo is Afro-Jamaican, queer, mentally ill, gender non-conforming, and a radical leftist Christian. She loves reading, bad television, hip-hop, pit bulls, and libraries. She was (is) a pop punk kid and was mildly Tumblr famous in high school.

Jo is from Atlanta, Jawja. She is working on her first book: a collection of poetry.

Photo credit: Scott Brown