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Jeremy Ray Jewell

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 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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Prof’s Horse — Carrying Minneapolis on Your Back Ain’t Easy. Arts Fuse. 4/2023

Netflix’s Beef – Don’t Tread on Me​. Arts Fuse. 4/2023

The Status Revolution by Chuck Thompson. Bridge Eight. 4/2023

A Past Fit for the Future – Birthright: A Black Roots Music CompendiumArts Fuse. 3/2023

Indie Pop and TikTok Reviews: Strongboi and Tanara “Double Chocolate” Mallory. Arts Fuse. 3/2023

Ears of the People — Ekonting Songs from Senegal and the Gambia. Arts Fuse. 2/2023

The Depressing New Corporate Metaverse. Areo. 2/2023

Hearing The Real Thing — Field Recorders’ Collective’s Commitment to Traditional American Music. Arts Fuse. 2/2023

Satan Is Busy in Knoxville: The Knoxville Sessions, 1929 & 1930 — The Devil’s in the Details​. Arts Fuse. 1/2023

Macroblank’s ANALOG レアリティ– Plenty of Scarcity to Go Around. Arts Fuse. 1/2023

YMCK’s Family Innovation — 8bit Cynicism Toward Web 3.0. Arts Fuse. 12/2022​

Ginger Root’s Nisemono and the Virtues of Creative Recycling​. Arts Fuse. 11/2022

El Muqui. Ilombo Ekjuro. 9/2022

"Jubilo Done Pass". Footnote #5. Alternating Current Press. 9/2022

Run From The Border. Book & Film Globe. 8/2022

Railroad Bill. Ilombo Ekjuro. 8/2022

“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

El Mohán. Ilombo Ekjuro. 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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dueto Dos Rosas, Five Songs. Arts Fuse. 08/2019

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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