Shawn Jones


Mickleton, NJ 08056

Author's Bio

Shawn R. Jones was born in Hartford, Connecticut and grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Womb Rain (2008) and A Hole to Breathe (2015). Her work has appeared in Tri-QuarterlyNew Ohio ReviewCider Review, Rattle, Essence, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection, Date of Birth, has won the 2022 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, and she is a 2023 Civitella Fellow.

Shawn is also the co-owner of Tailored Tutoring LLC and Kumbaya Academy, Inc., a dance instructor at Halliday Dance, and  a member of  the poetry performance troupe, No River Twice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Camden. When she is not writing, dancing, or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and her lucky pit bull, Ross.

Publications & Prizes

Date of Birth (Persea Books, 2023)
Cider Press Review
Essence Magazine
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Passengers Journal
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Typehouse Literary Magazine
Prizes won: 

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry 2022


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Baldwin, Lucille Clifton, Toi Derricotte, Nikki Giovanni, Terrence Hayes, Jade R. Jones, Toni Morrison, Gregory Pardlo, Claudia Rankine, Patrick Rosal, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, and J.C. Todd.
What I'm reading now: 
The In-Betweens by Davon Loeb

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Teenagers, Women
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Born in: 
Hartford, CT
Raised in: 
Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Aug 10, 2023