Jason T. Lewis is a candidate for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Lewis is the Director of the Writing and Humanities Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he is the conference director for The Examined Life Conference, managing editor for the Examined Life Journal, co-director of the Humanities Distinction Track, and he teaches literature and writing to medical students.
He came to Iowa City in 2005 to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was a Teaching/Writing Fellow and received a MFA in Fiction. He and his wife Theresa are parents to Vaughan, 12 and Coleton, 15. They live on the southeast side of Iowa City. In addition, Jason and Theresa are licensed foster parents and are advocates for youth throughout the community.
Lewis has been an advocate for education in the community, running for ICCSD board twice. He has served on multiple committees for the ICCSD and has been a reading advocate through his nonprofit reading outreach program, Our Community Reads.
Lewis is also a working artist. He has released six collections of original music in a career that has taken him around the United States and abroad. He published his first novel, The Fourteenth Colony, in 2011 and is near completion of his second novel. His writing has been widely published, including a three-year stint writing original short stories to be featured on the front page of the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s Christmas edition.
Lewis was born in Wheeling, WV and grew up in Morgantown,WV. He was adopted as an infant and his parents divorced when he was eight years old. He spent much of his childhood between the university town of Morgantown and the rural area where his father lived on family farmland. Through this experience he came to know both the needs of cities, but also the unique challenges faced by those who live in rural areas.
He later moved to New York City, where he worked as a copyeditor and musician. The mixture of cultures in New York left him with an indelible understanding of what diversity means and how it can work. He has dedicated himself to championing diversity and acceptance in Iowa City and the surrounding communities and will continue to do so as a member of the board of supervisors.