Patricia Spears Jones

Brooklyn, NY 11216

Author's Bio

Author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine) and seven other collections including Painkiller, Femme du Monde and The Weather That Kills. Two plays were commissioned and produced to Mabou Mines. Program coordinator at St. Marks Poetry Project; curator WORDS SUNDAY. Panelist/moderator at AWP in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver; readings/workshops at Poets House, Naropa University, URI, SFSU Poetry Center, BookCourt,and Chicago State U.; Community of Writers, Squaw Valley. Faculty Bloomfield College,and CUNY.Senior Fellow Black Earth Institute.

Publications and Prizes

A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems
(White Pine Press, 2015)
, Femme du Monde
(Tia Chucha Press, 2006)
, Painkiller
(Tia Chucha Press, 2010)
, Repuestas!
(Belladonna Books, 2010)
, The Weather That Kills
(Coffee House Press, 1995)
broken land: Poems of Brooklyn
(New York University Press, 2007)
, Angle of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)
, Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry
(University of Georgia Press, 2009)
, Blood & Tears
(Painted Leaf Press, 1999)
, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam Anthology
(Three Rivers Press, 2001)
, Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2016)
, Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets
(Melville House, 2002)
, Resisting Arrest
(Jacar Press, 2016)
, The Rumpus Original Poetry Anthology
(The Rumpus Paper Internets, 2012)
Barrow Street, Black Renaissance Noire, BOMB Magazine, Court Green, Crazyhorse, nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Ploughshares, Brooklyn Rail, Tin House, TriQuarterly
Prizes Won: 
2017 Pushcart Prize; 2016 Finalist: Paterson Poetry Prize; PSA's William Carlos Williams Award. NEA, NYFA, The Foundation of Contemporary Arts; NY Community Trust; The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Residencies: VCCA, Yaddo and The Millay Colony.

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Forrest City
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Forrest City, AR
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Last updated: Nov 25, 2016