JJJJJerome Ellis

He // Him // His

[ID: A portrait of a man standing on a Harlem street in autumn. His brown skin is illuminated by the sunlight, giving his face a gentle yet passive expression. His hands are clasped under a charcoal-colored overcoat that rests over his shoulders and his olive-and-white striped shirt.]

Experimental Composer and Poet
Virginia Beach, VA
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

JJJJJerome Ellis is a blk disabled animal and artist. Ellis prays, stutters, reads, gardens, cycles, wanders, and plays. Through music, literature, performance, and video, he researches relationships among blackness, disabled speech, divinity, nature, sound, and time. Born in 1989 to Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, he grew up and lives by a heron rookery in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Portrait photo by Marc J. Franklin.