Jon Jon Moore
From the classroom and the campaign trail to magazines and the small screen, Jon Jon Moore experiments with language to produce new possibilities.
Jon Jon first made his name by entering Michigan’s top annual Declamation Contest with unorthodox selections, including excerpts from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the lyrics to a song by 2000s piano-rock band Five for Fighting. He never lost a match.
Now at West Wing Writers, Jon Jon writes with an abiding attention to the complexity of our cultural and individual histories, helping clients model their principles and inspire transformation. His words — covering topics ranging from anti-blackness to climate change, educational technology, and queer history — have been featured in media ranging from Netflix programming to national publications.
Previously, Jon Jon taught high schoolers in rural Mississippi, coached a collegiate slam poetry team, and helped progressive non-profit leaders develop innovative communications strategies.
His honors thesis exploring black literary depictions of apocalypse earned him the Ted Shapiro Memorial Award at Tufts University, where he founded the university’s spoken word team. He earned an MA at UC Berkeley, where he continues doctoral studies on black critical theory and the poetics of abolition in the Department of African-American Studies.
Born and raised in Detroit, Jon Jon currently lives in Chicago. When he’s not sifting synonyms or collecting memes, find him making cheesecake or watching horror movies with a hoodie over his eyes. The cheesier the better.