Jon Sands was born in 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a writer known for electric readings, and the author of The New Clean (2011, Write Bloody Publishing). His work has been featured in The New York Times, and published in Rattle, The Millions, LUMINA from Sarah Lawrence College, Hanging Loose, The Rattling Wall from PEN Center USA, and many others, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2014. He is the Interviews Editor for Union Station Magazine, and a recipient of a 2009 New York City-LouderARTS fellowship grant, a 2014 Community Arts Fund Grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and a 2014 residency from the Blue Mountain Center. He starred in the award winning web-series Verse: A Murder Mystery from Rattapallax Films, and is a founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, a New York based organization that moves poetry into unconventional public spaces with free live literature performances featuring accomplished poets and an array of performance artists from varied backgrounds and aesthetics. They have been commissioned to curate "Pop Up" exhibitions in college classrooms, federal banks, museums, and much more.
He is a facilitator with the Dialogue Arts Project, a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC, and teaches creative writing regularly for adults at both Bailey House in Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center) and the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange center in Manhattan). He delivered the 2010 commencement address at the Bronx Academy of Letters, and the 2014 commencement address for Saranac Lake High School. He has represented New York City many times at the National Poetry Slam. In addition, Rattapallax Press received a Face-Out grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and The Jerome Foundation to release and promote Jon's second collection of poems, due out in the Spring of 2015. He tours extensively, but lives in Brooklyn.