Rodney Jones

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General Information

Name: Rodney Jones

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poet

Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama

Website: N/A


Illinois Connection

Rodney Jones is a Professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rodney Jones is an American poet and professor of English at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He was born in Falkaville, Alabama and was educated at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is on the Illinois Arts Council.

Published Works

  • Going Ahead, Looking Back, 1977
  • The Story They Told Us of Light, 1980
  • The Unborn, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985
  • Transparent Gestures, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
  • Apocalyptic Narrative, 1993
  • Things That Happen Once, 1996
  • Elegy for the Southern Drawl, 1999
  • Kingdom of the Instant: Poems,2004
  • Salvation Blues, Houghton Mifflin, 2006
  • Kingdom of the Instant, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
  • A Thousand Small Things, (Audio) 18th & Vine, 2008

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The unborn: Poems

ISBN: 0871130041
Release Date: 1985

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Transparent Gestures

ISBN: 0395510627
Release Date: 1989-06

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Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems

ISBN: 0395710871
Release Date: 1994-09-09

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Elegy for the Southern Drawl

ISBN: 0618082492
Release Date: 2001-02-14

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Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2005 (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award)

ISBN: 0618624309
Release Date: 2006-03-17

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Literary Awards

  • Lavan Younger Poets Award for The Unborn in 1986
  • National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for Transparent Gestures in 1989
  • Peter I.B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets
  • Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
  • Southeast Booksellers Association Award
  • Harper Lee Award
  • Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in 2006 for Salvation Blues

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes

External Links

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Rodney Jones on Wikipedia


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