JoVonna Rodriguez is finally exploring her appreciation for life through writing. Originally from Rochester, NY, she moved to Atlanta to pursue an education; graduating with a Bachelor’s in History from Emory University. In the mist of finding her professional path, she finally embraced her vocational passion of writing.
Finding her work to be more than personal therapy but a necessity for survival, she began to share her poetry on various sites branded by the alias: Joski Diesel. With the support of friends, the power of social media, the knowledge to set things in motion, and the determination to accomplish her goals, she launched her blog to showcase her talents and thoughts: www.joskidiesel.com.
Her love for expression is rooted in a love for community, service, and fellowship. As an AmeriCorps alum, she has continued to serve the Atlanta community, schools, and students. Her efforts helped fuel an after school enrichment program targeting at risk middle school females and a blog to showcase her one of her class’ written work. This blog has become a book entitled ‘What’s Next’.
JoVonna currently teaches middle school and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Teaching. She prides herself in being an educator who is no longer afraid to embrace her love for writing in every class. She released her first collection of poetry, Pronouns, in early 2011. JoVonna and her love, Jerome Dickens, are working on their next project, Love Taps, due out Valentines Day 2012. In addition, they are working on establishing a literacy consultant business, Literacy Lives, in the days to come.