Jeremy Ray Jewell

Jeremy Ray Jewell is a poet, critic, and storyteller. He hails from Jacksonville, Florida. He is a frequent contributor to Boston's independent arts and culture magazine, The Arts Fuse. He writes the folklore blog Ilombo Ekjuro.

He focuses extensively on history, folklore, culture, politics, philosophy, and religion.  His critical works have been translated into different languages and have been published in Colombia, South Korea, Lithuania, and elsewhere. His creative writing has been featured in a range of publications, from North Carolina's Scalawag magazine and Heron Clan VI, to Footnote from Alternating Current Press. 


He holds an MA in History of Ideas from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Illustration (top): courtesy of Yulia San Miguel Art & Design.

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"Jubilo Done Pass". Footnote #5. Alternating Current Press. Forthcoming. (Available for preorder)

Book Review: “We Carry Their Bones” — Life and Death at a Reform School During Jim Crow. Arts Fuse. 8/2022

“Los memes cerámicos de Chucho Bedoya”. Revista Universidad de Antioquia. Colombia. 7/2022.

Smaller Than Africa. Book & Film Globe. 6/2022

Monaleo — The Houston Woman Keeping it Dirty. Medium. 6/2022

Dueto Dos Rosas Are Defying the Mainstream with Their Ranchera Roots. Sounds & Colours. 6/2022

Video Game Commentary: Roblox — Exploiting Child Labor in the Metaverse. Arts Fuse. 5/2022

Megan Walsh’s "The Subplot: What China Is Reading and Why It Matters". The Smart Set. 5/2022

Book Review: The South – What Jim Crow Was and Wasn’t​. Arts Fuse. 5/2022

Book Review: The Lost Southern Chefs — A History of the Commercialization of Southern Hospitality. Arts Fuse. 4/2022

Preserving the African Traditions of Colombia's Pacífico with Eryen Korath [...]. Co-authored by Yulia Pereira. Sounds & Colours. 4/2022

‘Atlantis’ Presaged the Tragedy of Ukraine: Sad Predictions from Valentyn Vasyanovych’s 2019 Postwar Tale. Book & Film Globe. 4/2022

Russia is Sick: In ‘Petrov’s Flu’, Filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov Diagnoses His Home Country’s Illness. Book & Film Globe. 4/2022

Dreaming Orchards of Hope in Ukraine’s Wild East: Reviewing Lyuba Yakimchuk's Apricots of Donbas. The Smart Set. 4/2022

Book Review: “We Uyghurs Have No Say” — When Truth Telling Becomes Subversive. Arts Fuse. 3/2022

Lessons on Colonialism from an Imprisoned Chinese Dissident. Northeast Asian Law Review, Vol 14, Hongik University, South Korea 2/2022

Film Commentary: What Disney’s “Encanto” Says About Colombian Realities. Co-authored by Yulia Pereira. Arts Fuse. 2/2022

Book Review: “Cuba: An American History” — Inextricably Linked, For Better and Worse. Arts Fuse. 2/2022

Book Review: “Home Reading Service” by Fabio Morábito — Beyond Empty Words. Arts Fuse. 1/2022

"Fela’s London Scene, Why Black Man Dey Suffer, [etc.] – Fela Kuti" in Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project (January Entry). Arts Fuse. 1/2022

Country Album Review: Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Classic Trio Albums” — The Voice Alone. Arts Fuse. 12/2021

"Chucho Bedoya’s “Chucherías” Exhibit at Bogotá’s Galeria Fenix: Recasting memes in light of political struggle. The Smart Set. 12/2021

"El derecho de vivir en paz – Víctor Jara (Dicap)" in Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project (November Entry). Arts Fuse. 11/2021

Cultural Commentary: Goodbye Columbus — Mexico City’s “La Joven de Amajac” and “Tlalli” Sculptures. Arts Fuse. 10/2021

"Cuquita – Los Tigres Del Norte (Golondrina)" in Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project (October Entry). Arts Fuse. 10/2021

"Roy Brown, Basta Ya… Revolución (Disco Libre)"​ in Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project (August Entry). Arts Fuse. 8/2021

"The Red Detachment of Women (China Record Corporation)" in Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project (July Entry). Arts Fuse. 7/2021

Album Review: Juan Cirerol’s “Punk Feeling” — Mexicali’s Poet of Poverty Returns. Arts Fuse. 7/2021

Book Review: “Canceling Comedians While the World Burns” — The Case for Comediansplaining​. Arts Fuse. 6/2021

Book Review: “Robert E. Lee and Me” — An Incomplete Reckoning. Arts Fuse. 5/2021

Cultural Commentary: “Dogefather” Elon Musk on SNL – Banking on the Irony of the Rich. Arts Fuse. 5/2021

Kaimo skurdžiai – kilmingieji laukiniai?​. Magazinas. Translated into Lithuanian by Nomeda Repšytė and Sandra Bernotaitė5/2021

Film Commentary: “Minari” — An Immigrant Tale with a Southern Accent. Arts Fuse4/2021

"Link Wray: Link Wray (Polydor)" in Arts Reconsideration: The 1971 Project (April Entry). Arts Fuse. 4/2021

Country Music CD Review: “We Shall All Be Reunited: The Bristol Sessions, 1927 & 1928” — Revising Musical History. Arts Fuse. 12/2020

Music Review: The Harry Smith B-Sides: Precursor to The Harry Smith C(ensored)-Sides?​ Arts Fuse. 10/2020

Folk Album Review: Tyler Childers’ “Long Violent History” – An Appalachian Murder Ballad for Breonna Taylor​. Arts Fuse. 09/2020

Music Review/Interview: Falle Nioke’s “Youkounkoun” EP + 2 Songs — Africa In Any Language​. Arts Fuse. 08/2020

Book Review: “The U.S. Antifascism Reader” — Recovering the Great American Tradition of Punching Nazis​. Arts Fuse. 07/2020

Book Commentary: “Pandemic!” by Slavoj Žižek — Choosing Reality and Survival Over Panic and Barbarism. Arts Fuse. 05/2020

Music Review: Pokey LaFarge’s “Rock Bottom Rhapsody” - To Hell and Back with That Wholesome Midwestern Troubadour​. Arts Fuse. 04/2020

Cultural Commentary: Songs of Forgetting – From the Cultural Quarantine of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. Arts Fuse. 04/2020

Folk Music Review: Dan Reeder — Weighing Consequences and Accepting Defeat… “Just Feels Sorta Natural”.​ Arts Fuse. 02/2020

Four Poems: "The South", "The New Math", "Atlanta Kawaii", and "Generation Without Shame". The Blue Mountain Review #17. 02/2020

YouTube Commentary: “李子柒 Liziqi” — Nature and Internet Celebrity in the Time of the Coronavirus. Arts Fuse. 02/2020

Book Commentary:  “La patria y la muerte” — Exposing Mexican “Greatness”. Arts Fuse. 01/2020

Book Commentary: “Dying of Whiteness” — What Rough Beast Slouches Toward Kansas to be Born? Arts Fuse. 09/2019

Book Review: “William Walker’s Wars” — Revisiting US Slavery’s Soldier of Fortune in Latin America​. Arts Fuse. 08/2019

Country Music Review: Gabe Lee’s “farmland” — The Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot Blues​. Arts Fuse. 08/2019

Folk Music Review: Dueto Dos Rosas, Five Songs. Arts Fuse. 08/2019

Book Review: “El Norte” — Recovering a Greater America at the Southern Border. Arts Fuse. 06/2019​

Book Review: “Accounting for Slavery” — Plantation Roots of Scientific Management​. Arts Fuse. 05/2019

Three poems: "Tactile Afterlife", "Good News Crackles", "Hillbilly of Monterey Bay". Heron Clan VI. 04/2019.

Book Review: “Where the Crawdads Sing” — Are the Rural Poor Noble Savages? Arts Fuse. 03/2019

Book Review: “The Burning House” — Diversity in Segregation. Arts Fuse. 02/2019

Country CD Review: Charley Crockett’s “Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza” — How Did We Get Here, Charley? Arts Fuse. 01/2019

Book Review: “Revive Us Again” — Rev. Dr. William Barber II’s Quest to Revive Compassion. Arts Fuse. 12/2018.

Folk CD Review: Mountain Man’s “Magic Ship” — There’s Magic in Them Thar Hills! Arts Fuse. 12/2018.

CD Review: “Boosie Blues Cafe” — Rap Reaches Back to the Past. Arts Fuse. 12/2018

Folk CD Review: Lonnie Holley’s “MITH” — An Act of Restoration". Arts Fuse. 11/2018

Two poems: "Job 9:20, America, 2017" and "They Found an Underwater Forest in Alabama". Scalawag. 9/2017


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"But I woke from
my dreaming,
my idol was clay"

Maud Irving