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Beautiful Poetry with Dope Poets Features J.G. The Jugganaut

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Barbara Trawick

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Beautiful Poetry with Dope Poets, my featured guest will be J.G.The Jugganaut.

John Gibson, a.k.a. JG the Jugganaut, has come a long way from reading a poem out of a book at his parent’s wedding at nine years old. In just a short time, he has recorded two albums, been nominated for an Ohio Hip Hop Award, hosted two open mic shows, and has traveled all around the country performing poetry.

Born in Akron, Ohio but raised in Columbus, JG eventually attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his B.A. in Interpersonal Communications. After his dream of donning an NFL jersey fell through, he became the Color Analyst for his alma mater for three seasons before resigning this position to move to Atlanta, GA. 

He credits an encounter with renowned poet, Dasha Kelly, as a defining moment in which he first felt that he could be a good poet, and he has been gracing microphones with his gift ever since. In 2007, JG got his first big gig as the host of Soul Soup held at the legendary Café 290 in Atlanta, GA. JG has since shared the stage with artists such as Umar Bin Hasaan of The Last Poets; internationally known poet, Taalam Acey; and Ed Mabrey, who was the Individual World Poetry Slam champion in 2007.

JG has a writing style that can only be described as “hip-hopetry.” The Jugganaut has a special way of weaving words together to create witty rhyme schemes that are reminiscent of old school hip hop, which is why he is called, “your favorite rapper’s favorite poet.”