JK Lawson is a professional artist and poet.
Over the past 25 years his work has been exhibited extensively throughout the USA including the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, the Californian African American Museum in Los Angelos and this fall The Hebrew Union Collage in New York new York..
He is the author of five books including Now, his first full collection of poems.
His novel, Hurricane Hotel set during Hurricane Katrina has been successfully adapted for the theater with several staged readings both in the USA and UK.
Currently JK is involved in establishing a poets/songwriter residency at the Rame Center for the Arts in Cornwall, U.K.
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Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018 - Swaying, barely anchored, I make my way to the bottom pilings of the Mississippi Bridge and begin to climb.
Saturday, 6 May 2017 - A poem upon the occasion of citizens being arrested for standing in the way of a fracked natural gas pipeline conveying climate change.
Saturday, 8 Apr 2017 - In view of Tuesday’s horrific nerve agent attack on civilians in Idib Province and in view of Friday’s missile attack on Syria, we are republishing John Lawson’s poem that we posted in December about the Syrian conflict.
Thursday, 2 Feb 2017 - Listen to the flag rope hitting the flagpole no flag is in sight and yet we all wave
Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 - Two poems by John K. Lawson, commenting on war and complacency.
Monday, 5 Sep 2016 - From the artist John K. Lawson, a poem on Labor Day.
Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 - So what is going to happen Feels beyond our control The great you s of a just won another Olympic gold medal.
Monday, 4 Jul 2016 - A poem for Independence Day, 2016.
Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 - British-born poet and artist John Lawson expresses his reaction to this week's Brexit vote to have England leave the European Union.
Wednesday, 15 Jun 2016 - A poem inspired by the slaughter of 49 people in at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Saturday, 14 May 2016 - A poem written after the Great Barrington annual town meeting that rejected the town's assessment to the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.
Monday, 25 Apr 2016 - A poem in memory of Prince, the musician and song writer, who died on April 21.
Saturday, 19 Mar 2016 - If I had to say what is common to all good art, whether it be architecture, art, cinema, dance, music, or any other form, I’d say it was, finally, the unpredictable.
Sunday, 28 Feb 2016 - “I try to make paintings that are beautiful, frightening and funny all at once, similar to The Theater of the Absurd, which assumes things are so bad that you can only laugh." -- Morgan Bulkeley
Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 - A poem for Valentine's Day.
Friday, 15 Jan 2016 - A poem upon the occasion of learning of the death of David Bowie (1947-2016).
‘Evil: A matter of intent,’ an exhibit at Hebrew Union College. Interview with curator, Laura Kruger
Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 - "I personally feel that the Holocaust must be told as history and not as interpretation. It was very real. The scars are very real. And it’s too close." -- Laura Kruger, curator of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
Friday, 25 Dec 2015 - A poem on the occasion of Christmas: Between hot cider and eggnog I am a scaled fish ready for the fryer lost inside a nightmare
Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015 - Meanwhile all around him/ The schools where real children huddle in learning/ Flake in decay from selective mismanagement.
Friday, 4 Dec 2015 - What makes this exhibition different is the way Ms. Clark has expertly curated the 17 artists’ styles, and placed them under one gallery roof.
Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 - A poem, upon hearing of the slaughter at Inland ..... in San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015
Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 - In response to Friday night's terrorist carnage in Paris, a poem.
Saturday, 31 Oct 2015 - Skin mates Forget the poisoned rain and PCB's. Arm in arm, let's head on past the deserted railway tracks,
Monday, 19 Oct 2015 - Zegans’ love for the Berkshires can be found in this collection.
Saturday, 19 Sep 2015 - A poem on behalf of the thousands of Syrian refugees fenced off by razor wire from shelter and refuge.
Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 - The two photographs accompanying these poems were salvaged from my flood destroyed home and studio in New Orleans August 2005.
Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 - The Obama Administration is committing millions of dollars to contend with the prevalence of heroin addiction in New England. The Berkshires are not immune. A poem, here, about what an overdose feels like.
Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 - A meditation on old trucks, out of gas.
Monday, 20 Jul 2015 - A meditation, upon hearing that the singer Nick Cave's 15-year-old son, Arthur, died from a fall from a cliff in Brighton, England.
Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 - Sam and the Turtle This Place I know exactly how many days we have lived here. And can tell you why. Every night I take my brother’s knife. Every night I notch a line on the bottom bunk post. After six notches I make another notch diagonally across. This represents one week. Like they […]