Ahmunet Jessica Jordon is a poet/writer dedicated to the exploration of personal narratives. Her work features themes of Black American identity, spirituality, religion, home, race, sex and the intimacy of relationships. Jordon pulls each narrative from growing up in an upper middle class Black household, Kemetic African religious beliefs, and other personal experiences.
In Jordon’s professional career, she works as a program coordinator at The California Institute of Integral Studies’ Master’s of Fine Art’s department. Previously Jordon worked with underserved youth in the Bay Area, focusing on educating, counseling, harm reduction techniques, substance use, and herbal healing . Jordon’s commitment to youth stems from battling depression at an early age and using writing as a means to survive. She experiences the need for youth to have access to creative outlets to gain better self-esteem, education, and life skills because of the lack of creative/artistic programs in our public school system. Jordon teaches youth to connect with themselves through the tool of writing.
In 2010 Jordon began working with The Mental Health Association of San Francisco’s SOLVE program, Sharing Our Lives Voices and Experiences with others, as a speaker sharing her story with mental illness. Jordon spoke at the African American Mental Health Training, in San Francisco, and The Family and Youth Round Table Conference in San Diego, to fight negative stereotypes in the African American community. She uses poetry to emphasize the way writing can act as a positive tool in coping with mental illness.
In addition to writing, in 2011 Jordon co created the performance art group, Griot Noir. Griot Noir is an Afrocentric feminist storytelling group that performs black narratives with the themes of mental health, colorism, and the struggle of living in a capitalistic and patriarchal society. Each script is self- written and includes poetic narratives capturing personal events of her life. They can be found performing around the California area and in queer people of color spaces/shows such as Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, Mangos with Chili, and the Nia Collective.
In 2013 Jordon completed her initiation into the Kindred of ShiEndra, a Kemetic, ancient Egyptian community, as a priest of Oya and holistic practioner. She uses HavLa, herbs, and spiritual counseling to access blockages and negativity. Which is addressed in many of her spiritual writings through the use of elements and references to African Orishas.
Jordon received her MFA in Writing and Consciousness at The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She has read in the San Francisco literary festival, Litquake, and the Hazel Reading Series. Her works can be found on ElixHer, the online black queer magazine, Mission @ 10th, CIIS’s interdisciplinary literary magazine, The Kemetic Kindred newsletter, featuring writings from her Spirit Journal and Salty, a chapbook of poetic prose. She is working on her first book of poetic prose, Black and Blueprints.
Photo by Nye Lyn Tho