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Jordan Jones

Author's Bio

Jordan Jones is a technologist, a genealogist, and an author. His poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translations have appeared in many magazines including The American Book Review, Asylum, The Boston Book Review, Fiction International, Heaven Bone, The LA Reader, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Small Press, as well as in the anthologies Anyone Is Possible: New American Short Fiction (Red Hen Press, 1998) and What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hip Hop (Parallax Press, 1998). His translations of René Daumal’s poetry collection "Le Contre-Ciel" appeared in two chapbook volumes from Obscure Publications in 2003 and 2004. Obscure Publications also published his chapbook "Selections from The Wheel" in 2004. Full-length works include the primarily genealogical "Sand & Coal: Poems" (Futharc Press, 1993) and the primarily political, cultural, and religious (but sometimes genealogical) "The Wheel: Poems" (Leaping Dog Press, 2005). He served as co-editor of The Northridge Review and poetry editor of California Quarterly and founded "Bakunin" (1990–1997), a literary magazine “for the dead Russian anarchist in all of us.” In 2003, he co-founded and co-edited the online multimedia collaborative art exhibit, "The 365 Project" (the365project.org). He is currently the editor and publisher of Leaping Dog Press / Asylum Arts (leapingdogpress.com) and runs the genealogical research and media consulting firm GenealogyMedia.com. He has been a member of the board of directors of the National Genealogical Society since 2010, serving as its president from 2012-2016. He has also served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Genealogical Society and currently sits on the board of directors of the Association for Image and Information Management. He lives in the Neuse River Watershed of Wake County, North Carolina, with his wife, stepson, cat, and dog.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Wheel: Poems (Leaping Dog Press, 2005), Sand & Coal: Poems (Futharc Press, 1993)
Chapbooks:
Selections from "The Wheel" (Obscure Publications, 2004)
Anthologies:
Anyone is Possible: Contemporary American Short Fiction (Red Hen Press, 1998), What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (Parallax Press, 1998)
Journals:
Asylum, Bakunin, California Quarterly, Fiction International, Painted Hills Review
Prizes:
Honorable Mention, UC Davis Celeste Turner Wright / Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize (1991); UC Davis Humanities Research Award (1991)

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Bhagavad Gita; Iliad; Odyssey; King Lear; Moby-Dick; Huckleberry Finn; Le Contre-Ciel; Tristram Shandy; Gulliver's Travels; Fear and Trembling; The Colossus of Maroussi; The Ghost Writer; Lahaina Noon
Favorite Authors:
Dante, Shakespeare, Blake, Keats, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain, Tolstoi, Kierkegaard; Rimbaud, Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Willams, Kafka, Henry Miller, Ralph Ellison, Ginsberg, Snyder, Philip Roth, Rikki Ducornet, Eric Basso, Greg Boyd, Eric Paul Shaffer

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Listing last updated: May 29, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Los Angeles, CA
Raised in:
Simi Valley, CA

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