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 & Prizes

Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016)
Resisting Arrest (Jacar Press, 2016)
Angle of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)
The Rumpus Original Poetry Anthology (The Rumpus Paper Internets, 2012)
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2009)
broken land: Poems of Brooklyn (New York University Press, 2007)
Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (Melville House, 2002)
Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam Anthology (Three Rivers Press, 2001)
Blood & Tears (Painted Leaf Press, 1999)
A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015)
Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press, 2010)
Repuestas! (Belladonna Books, 2010)
Femme du Monde (Tia Chucha Press, 2006)
The Weather That Kills (Coffee House Press, 1995)
Barrow Street
Black Renaissance
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Court Green
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nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts
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Tin House
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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African American
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Forrest City
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Forrest City, AR
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Last update: Nov 25, 2016