Pen Name: None
Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama
Jones is a distinguished scholar and professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has taught there since 1985.
Biographical and Professional Information
Rodney Jones is a poet and professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He was educated at the University of Alabama and earned his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
- Going Ahead, Looking Back, Southbound Books, 1977
- The Story They Told Us of Light, University of Alabama Press, 1980
- The Unborn, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985
- Transparent Gestures, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
- Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems, Houghton Mifflin, 1993
- Things That Happen Once, Houghton Mifflin, 1996
- Elegy for the Southern Drawl, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
- Kingdom of the Instant, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
- Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems 1985 - 2005, Houghton Mifflin, 2006
- Imaginary Logic, Houghton Mifflin, 2011.
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
The Story They Told Us of Light Associated Writing Programs Award, 1980
- Lavan Younger Poets Award, 1986
- National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1989
Elegy for the Southern Drawl
- Nominated, Pulitzer-prize, 1999
- Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2007
- Shortlisted, Griffin Poetry Prize, 2006
- Peter I.B. Lavan Award, Academy of American Poets
- Jean Stein Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
- Southeast Booksellers Association Award
- Harper Lee Award, 2003
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes
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