Jarred Thompson graduated from Alabama State University (Summa Cum Laude) in English. He was offered a partial scholarship to attend The California Institute of the Arts in pursuit of an MFA but was unable to attend.He then completed his Honours Degree—having been awarded a full scholarship—in English (Cum Laude) at The University of Johannesburg in 2017 and subsequently was award the Faculty Prize for the top performing Honours student in the Humanities faculty for 2017. At the end of 2017 he was awarded the Global Excellence and Stature Scholarship, a two-year scholarship awarded in pursuit of his Masters in English at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently working toward completing his Master’s research which explores elements of affect theory (i.e. affective economies) in understanding representations of black masculinities in post-apartheid texts.
His poetry has been published in Typecast Literary Magazine, Type House Literary Magazine, Outcast Magazine, the Esthetic Apostle, Sky Island Journal, Cosmographia Books (forthcoming), Best New African Poets Anthology of 2016, New Contrast Literary Journal and one of his poems was longlisted for The Sol Plaatje Award and Anthology of Poetry in 2017. His chapbook Universes and Paradoxes was shortlisted for the Kingdom in the Wild Poetry Prize. His fiction publications include Typecast Literary Magazine, New Contrast Literary Journal (forthcoming 2018), The Rainy Day Literary Magazine, ImageOutWrite (forthcoming 2018), the Johannesburg Review of Books and The 2018 Writivism Mentoring Anthology Transcending the Flame. Additionally, his short story Changing I’s was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He is currently the Poetry Editor of Tap Lit Magazine