J'Sun Howard is originally from Chattanooga, TN and has been making art in Chicago for the past twelve years. J'Sun's choreography has appeared in multiple venues around Chicago including Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, Rumble Arts, Patrick's Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), and has been commissioned for the Chicago Academy School for the Arts. J'Sun's collaborative duet performance piece, Utopic Monster Theory, with poet Jennifer Karmin is documented in the first annual Emergency Index from Ugly Ducking Presse (2011) and has been presented in the biannual IN>Time Performance Festival. In 2009, J'Sun was selected to be a LinkUp Residency to deepen his artistic practice at Links Hall. In 2010, J'Sun was granted the Julius Margolin "Youth in Labor" Award to rally and protest at the gates of the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA. In 2013, J'Sun was awarded a Distinguished Scholar Merit Scholarship to complete his undergraduate degree at the School of the Art Institute and will return to finish when his CDF project ends. J'Sun has performed for many choreographers including Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter but most extensively with Darrell Jones.
Curating Pooine's Cabaret this year with "acquiescings + hauntings" pushes J'Sun to continue seeking out emerging queer performance of color to promote their work, which can enrich Chicago performing landscape even more.
J'Sun's literary work can be seen in the following journals: Chicago IRL, Inkwell, Danspace's Constellations and Influences, Garland Court Review, Storyglossia, 3rd Language, and forthcoming from Bird's Thumb.
DURING THE CDF YEAR
Building on his ongoing endeavor to marry written language with his choreographic practice, Howard will spend his CDF year developing "When I Consider How My Light Is Spent"—a dance and publication project. "When I Consider" will use poetic forms to explore ways to embody and create new language for the mourning process.