Jonathan K. Rice







Circumnavigating Your Prayer Closet








A Private Mythology




Inventing a Past




Another Expedition








Wishful Thinking




Other Voices













Jonathan K. Rice, originally from Indiana, grew up in south Florida, and presently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and family. He began studying music in high school and college, but ultimately received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and also did graduate work at Erskine Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary at Charlotte.


In 2002 he co-edited a chapbook, Celebrating Life, a project funded by Barnes & Noble

in celebration of National Poetry Month and in memory of Dorothy Perry Thompson,

noted poet and instructor at Winthrop University.  He authored his first chapbook, Shooting Pool With A Cellist, in 2003. He also authored, Ukulele and Other Poems, (Main Street Rag, 2006), a full-length collection. His poetry has appeared in many periodicals, including The Aurorean, Blue Unicorn, Cold Mountain Review, Comstock Review, Ekphrasis, Gargoyle, Kakalak, Main Street Rag, Pedestal, Sacred Journey, San Pedro River Review, Slipstream, and Sundog: A Southeast Review. He has been a longtime host of poetry readings in Charlotte since 1999.


He is founding editor and publisher of Iodine Poetry Journal, which he established in 2000.

Iodine Poetry Journal has had the distinction of having work included in Best American Poetry 2006, which was selected and edited by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. Iodine has published noted poets such as Karen An-Hwei Lee, Joseph Bathanti, Rick Campbell, Fred Chappell, Peter Cooley, Kim Garcia, Colette Inez, Ron Koertge, Dorianne Laux, R.T. Smith, Shelby Stephenson, Virgil Suarez, among many other established and emerging poets. Iodine has also published many local and regional poets, as well as international poets from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Thailand, Qatar, U.K., and others.





In 2012 Central Piedmont Community College of Charlotte, NC awarded him The Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award for outstanding service in support of local and regional writers.


Jonathan is also a visual artist. He works primarily in acrylics and mixed media.  His art has been exhibited in group shows at Hart Witzen Gallery, Green Rice Gallery, MoNA (Museum of Neighborhood Art, formerly known as Plaza Muse), AKA Creative, Max L. Jackson Gallery in the Watkins Art Building at Queens University Charlotte, Mooresville Art Depot (Mooresville, NC), Dilworth Coffee (Concord, NC) and Gallery 102 (Lancaster, SC).


He has had solo exhibits at Jackson’s Java, Vin Master, Wingmaker Arts Collaborative, The Peculiar Rabbit and University of North Carolina Charlotte Student Union Gallery.


Some of his art has been featured as cover art on books and in the online magazines The Pedestal, Referential Magazine and Red Headed Stepchild. In 2012 he had a painting selected for inclusion in the annual Art for Auction exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.







« Circumnavigating Your Prayer Closet » is 24″ x 24. »

 »Solitude » is 30″ x 24. »

« A Private Mythology » is 30″ 30. »

« Inventing a Past » is 18″ x 18. »

« Another Expedition » is 24″ x 24. »

« Synaesthesia » is 18″ x 18. »

« Wishful Thinking » is 30″ x 30. »

« Other Voices » is 30″ x 40. »




I can be found on Facebook at Jonathan K Rice-Artist and at Jonathan Kevin Rice.


The image of me was photographed by Yajaira Vazquez





Jonathan K. Rice

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