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UNLV director of African American Studies joins Nevada Arts Council Board

Javon Johnson
Posted at 1:04 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 16:12:54-05

Javon Johnson, director of African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNLV, has joined the Nevada Arts Council Board.

The nine-member board, appointed by the governor, advises the Nevada Arts Council, which works to strengthen Nevada through arts and creativity.

Johnson holds a doctorate in Performance Studies with a certificate in Gender Studies and cognate in African American Studies from Northwestern University. He is the author of “Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities,” published in 2017; and he co-edited “The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape,” published in 2018.

Dr. Johnson also has had his work published in Text and Performance Quarterly, Liminalities, and other scholarly publications.

Johnson is a three-time National Poetry Slam champion, and has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, BET’s Lyric Café, CNN’s United Shades of America, and other artist showcases.

See Javon Johnson’s complete UNLV biography here.