Host of San Diego’s Gelato Poetry Series and a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Jon WNew Zealand South Island 029esick has published hundreds of poems and stories in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Metal Scratches, Pearl, Slipstream, Space and Time, Tales of the Talisman, and Zahir. The editors of Knot Magazine nominated his story “The Visitor” for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Meditation Instruction” won the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2016 Spirit First Contest. Another poem “Bread and Circuses” won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest. Jon is author of the poetry collection Words of Power Dances of Freedom as well as several novels.