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Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte (formerly Veit Jones) is a poet, writer, educator, genealogist, healer, and organizer. In the continuum of the Black Arts Movement, Edwaujonte synthesizes ancestral traditions, creative practice, and Hip-Hop culture as an Afro-Indigenous folkloric praxis. Pronouns: pro/they/he.
Prolific has been a featured speaker and performer at Cornell University, New York University, Columbia University, Rikers Island, STooPS, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, SOB’s, the Brooklyn Friends School, The Inspired Word, and the Weeksville Heritage Center. Timothy has been published in African Voices, The Inquisitive Eater, Voicemail Poems, the Dancing While Black 2012-2018 Community Syllabus, 12th Street, the graphic novel Gunplay, the Penmanship Book anthology 30/30 Vol. 2, The Ferguson Moment, Medium.com, and YRB Magazine. Pro appeared as a cultural critic on the MNet show “Headliners,” is the former co-host of Sweet Success Sundaes – a show about entrepreneurship on Bondfire Radio, and managed the Queens-bred emcee SoSoon (and co-executive produced his debut album The Bandwagon: The Director’s Cut). Through their former publishing company, Andre Maurice Press/Indelible Books, pro edited and released Blackout Arts Collective’s One Mic: A Lyrics on Lockdown Anthology and Peuo Tuy’s Khmer Girl. Tim was a Riggio Writing and Democracy Fellow at The New School, is a graduate fellow at The Watering Hole, and a 2021 Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project. Prolific is the author of Prolific, Musaic: 40 Days, 40 Nights, and Ofrenda para las ancestras.
Being a creative allowed him to understand that artists are fortunate vessels for stories, concepts, and ideas. One of the driving forces in Edwaujonte’s life is a dedication to supporting individuals and communities through visionary partnerships. As part of the Blackout Arts Collective, Prolific learned how to use art to pursue social justice, which often entailed organizing showcases, teaching classes and workshops in schools, community centers, and prisons. Working at WiT Media for two years allowed pro to learn the ins and outs of arts/cultural/lifestyle marketing, web design, advertising sales, and project management. They joined the team at PURPOSE Productions in the fall of 2013, where pro applied the sum of his collective experiences to its sojourners as its Visioning Partner for Institutional Culture for 9 years.
As an educator, Timothy has worked as a teaching artist at Harlem Village Academies, Unity Preparatory Charter School (through EM Arts), TRUCE Media and Arts at the Harlem Children’s Zone (where he served as Managing Editor of Harlem Overheard, a magazine of student work). Prolific is currently teaching Kuumba/Integrated Arts at the Ember Charter School for Mindful Education, Innovation, and Transformation, and is the founder of the Owo Foro Adobe publishing and performance collaborative. He is from Uniondale (Long Island, NY), and lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York.