Venus Jones is — in one word — versatile! She was born in the "show me state" of Missouri, grew up in Akron/Canton Ohio, and currently resides in the Tampa area.
She was introduced to theatre and the stage at the tender age of nine. She's a former DJ, MTV correspondent, accomplished actress, model, and voice talent who even enjoys the art of standup and singing for fun.
After earning a BA in Communications she began working behind the camera and journeyed to the front. She's worked on blockbuster films and credits over 100 print ads and commercials to her name. In both the social service and entertainment industry she's been called "a star that's down to Earth."
As a spoken word artist she becomes one with each enchanting poem she writes. Her messages promote peace, freedom and justice. She's opened for Def Poetry on Broadway, produced the poetry troupe Multiverse and shared the stage with Tyne Daly and Grammy-nominated poet Nikki Giovanni. She's a three-time Tampa Bay area slam winner and former slam finalist in the Austin International Poetry Festival.
Her poetry has been published in the UK's X magazine, Underground Poetz, Artists Embassy International. She's been a requested feature at The Improv, The Salvador Dali Museum, The Ms. magazine annual cruise fundraiser, performing arts centers, poetry venues, conferences, schools, many universities and festivals across the country.
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.