Patricia Spears Jones

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Patricia Spears Jones is poet, playwright, anthologist, educator, and cultural activist is the winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems and ten other poetry collections and in anthologies such as African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song ; Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin2017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small Presses; and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.  Poems recently published in The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail; Ms. Muse, and CUTTHROAT: A Journal of the Arts. She edited THINK: Poems for Aretha Franklin Inauguration Day Hat and Ordinary Women: An Anthology of New York City Women Poets. She has taught at Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Truro Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center, Gemini Ink, Brooklyn Poets and at Adelphi University, CUNY,  and Barnard College. She is organizer of the American Poets Congress and is a Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Black Earth Institute.

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