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Jon Sands is a Brooklyn based author known for electrifying readings. He wrote, The New Clean, released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing, and starred in the award winning 2011 web-series “Verse: A Murder Mystery” from Rattapallax Films (as a bike messenger/poet who discovers a lost manuscript and unlocks a thirty year old murder). He performs and facilitates workshops extensively with university and arts organizations both nationally and internationally, and is the Director of Poetry Education at the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan), an adjunct with the City University of New York, as well as a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC. He heads three separate writing workshops at Harm Reduction/AIDS treatment centers in New York City (The Positive Health Project, Bailey House, and Schafer Hall), and ran a weekly writing program at Citiwide Harm Reduction Center in the Bronx in the Summer of 2010. He delivered the 2010 commencement address at the Bronx Academy of Letters, and in 2010 toured throughout Germany in conjunction with the American Embassy. Jon's work has appeared in The Millions, Word Riot, The Rattling Wall (from PEN Center USA), decomP, kill author, Muzzle, Suss, The Literary Bohemian, and others. He is a featured contributor with Union Station Magazine, conducting a recurring interview column. He is also a member of the nationally touring electricity-fests that are The SpillJoy Ensemble and The Whirlwind Company. He's a Blue Mountain Center resident, and recipient of the 2009 New York City-LouderARTS fellowship grant. He has represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam, and makes better tuna salad than anyone you know.”