Jhon Valdes Klinger

MFA, Creative Writing, Schools of Public Engagement

Jhon Valdes is a Colombian creative writer, once called a poet, now a fictionist, known for being humble. He is a curator, moderator, educator, filmmaker, and overall storyteller, as well as a professional BSer, illustrator, wannabe photographer, and an all-around punk. Jhon has a deep commitment to education. He was a teaching artist for Urban Word NYC where he taught poetry to the most gifted, but not-to-be-messed-with, poets in the world. He currently manages internal communication and staff engagement for their national office of Teach for America. Jhon is pursuing an MFA in creative writing with a focus on fiction at The New School. He says, he will never know what he wants to be when he grows up because, 1) He will never, like, ever “grow up” #foreveryoung, and 2) Duh!

What is the unmet social or environmental need you intend to address?

Resilience Camp aims to support people of low-socio economic backgrounds and those who have been victims of racial violence in using their experiences for the betterment of their communities.

What most excites you about participating in the Impact Entrepreneurship Fellowship?

Building communities among a small cohort of people devoted to social justice.

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