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 The Beloved Community, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. Her work is anthologized in African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song: Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; and BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 2016. Poems published in The New Yorker, The Brooklyn Rail; The Ocean State Review, Ms. Muse, and CUTTHROAT: A Journal of the Arts. Nonfiction works are in BOMB, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The Black Scholar, and Killens Review of Arts and Letters and online journals: www.homeslice and She edited THINK: Poems for Aretha Franklin Inauguration Day Hat and Ordinary Women: An Anthology of New York City Women Poets. Mabou Mines commissioned and produced “Mother” and Song For New York: What Women Do When Men Sit Knitting. She co-curated the Wednesday Night Series for St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She has taught graduate and undergraduate creative writing at Hollins University, Adelphi University, Hunter College, and Barnard. She leads poetry workshops for the 92 nd Street Y, The Workroom, Hugo House, Community of Writers, Truro Center for the Arts, Gemini Ink, and Brooklyn Poets. She organizes the American Poets Congress and is a Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Black Earth Institute.

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