James Tolleson

James performing at the FreeWord Spring Show 2010. Photo by Bill Giduz.

James was birthed in the Bay Area of California and matured in the Beautiful Mountains of Hendersonville, NC.

Graduating Class: 2013

Passions: positive vibes, living in community, education, sustainability, funk-face music, tag/games of chase, tolerance, GS Warriors basketball, and friendships

Goals: teach a child to read, be a positive influence on others, write my best poem, and prophesy progress

Favorite Poets/Poems:

Def Jam…

Gemineye – “A Penny For Your Thoughts” and “What Are You Fighting For?”

Javon Johnson – “Elementary”

Black Ice – “Imagine”


Langston – “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

James Weldon Johnson – “The Creation”

Words: activism, dialogue, re-vision, mestizaje, imagine, and Funk

James’ Videos:


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