About Poet Jordan Chaney

Jordan Chaney is a Black Indigenous digital-nomad lecturer, storyteller, poet, speaker, writer, philanthropist, and artist residing in the Pacific Northwest.


Most recently, Jordan became a Mental Health First Aid Instructor certified by The National Council for Behavioral Health.


Chaney is one of two Tri-Citians appointed by Governor Inslee to the State Task Force on Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force and he is a Racial Justice Community Advisor for WATJ (Washington Access To Justice). 


In 2020, Jordan was presented the “Tri-Cities Champion of Diversity” award by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce for sustained commitment to the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in the community and the workplace. 


In 2018, Jordan co-founded Hope Builders “a court to community pipeline”, and with a team of dedicated community-leaders they created the Community Hope Wall, a hope-based community mural project that raises awareness of the importance of having hope, making art, and listening to the incarcerated youth-voice.


In 2017, Jordan was presented with the Commitment to Diversity award by the African American Community Cultural & Educational Society for his work in the community on race, politics, and social justice.


In 2014, Jordan created Urban Poets Society, a youth-leadership program that promotes public speaking, performance arts, peer-to-peer mentoring, community engagement and outreach for the disadvantaged and marginalized youths in his community.


He has published three works of poetry and Art of the Spoken Word – a workbook/curriculum for enhancing communication skills, creativity, and confidence. 


Jordan is also a guest columnist for South Seattle Emerald, East Oregonian, Tumbleweird and the Tri-City Herald. 


From 2009 to 2020, Jordan Chaney mentored youth in arts and community-leadership at the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center in Kennewick, WA. The Art Dojo program that he piloted out of BFJJC is now being implemented in other communities around the state.

He is currently in the editing process of his first memoir "From Poverty to Poetry". 

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On Hope


About me



My name is Jordan Chaney and I am a Poet and Motivational Speaker. I often

find myself in front of hundreds or thousands of young people that have

challenges, setback, dreams and hopes.


I share my personal story and how finding and sticking to my life's purpose helped me build the resiliency to survive traumas and the mental health challenges that come with them.


There's power in our personal stories, and in my assemblies and keynotes, my intention is to help others along their journey, wherever they are in life, to overcome, to bounce back, to hang on, to live fuller lives.

“Jordan Chaney’s presentation was so much fun and humbling. We sometimes get so caught up in routines that aren’t healthy and his presentation helped bring back the positive outlook on life and reminded me why I’m in this profession. He is a great example of not letting your barriers and fears define you. He reminded us all to continue life with a purpose, how it’s never too late to dream and the importance of knowing what you want and going for it.”

"I’ve screened my films all over the world and my experience collaborating with Jordan and his team was by far one of the most memorable.  Jordan created a space for genuine community engagement that fostered incredible social dialogue.  He is a community leader in the truest sense of the word."

 -TJ Martin, Oscar and Emmy Winner


TJ Martin,

Oscar and Emmy Winner

Very beautiful work. Highly intelligent

and exceptionally beautiful all

while being very accessible.


Ijeoma Oluo,

New York Times Bestseller

Jordan is kind, creative, ethical 

and responsive. 


Andra Day, 

Warner Bros. Recording Artist

"Jordan Chaney, such a talented spoken word poet, and wonderful spirit."

Theater of the Oppressed

workshop facilitator


Have you ever been in argument with someone and as soon as you walk away from the feud all of the sudden you have all the things you should’ve said right at your disposal but for some reason you couldn’t think of them in the heat of the moment? The French call that ‘the wit of the staircase’, Daniel Goleman would say that you were ‘emotionally hi-jacked’, and Agusto Boal, creater of the world renown Theater of the Oppressed forum theater created life-changing tools & practices that can and do turn the ‘spectators into protagonists’! This workshop is for those that have to navigate communities where racism, politics, and social justice (or lack there of) are inescapable. 


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