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Ted Joans

Born: Jul 4, 1928

Death: Apr 25, 2003

Birthplace: Cairo

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Ted Joans

Date of Birth : Jul 4, 1928
Date of Death : Apr 25, 2003
Birth Place : Cairo

Theodore "Ted" Joans was an American jazz poet, surrealist, trumpeter, and painter. His work stands at the intersection of several avant-garde streams and some have seen in it a precursor to the orality of the spoken-word movement. However he criticized the competitive aspect of "slam" poetry. Joans is known for his motto: "Jazz is my religion, and Surrealism is my point of view".


  • Writer
  • Painter

Awards Won

  • American Book Awards
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