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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joyce Marie Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry Romance

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1954 in Carbondale, Illinois

Died: 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida

-- Joyce Marie Jones on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jones was born in Carbondale. She attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and received BS in Social Welfare in 1982. She also lived in Chicago for a time.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joyce Marie Jones was writer, poet and orator. She earned a BS in journalism from Southern Illinois University and graduated from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services in New York City in 1992 with her MSW. At Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Jones co-founded the student run Poetry Factory Press. It promoted student performance poetry and first publications. Jones worked as Administrative Social Worker in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Denver. She developed poetry workshops designed to communicate with children and adults in crisis. Her expertise was in working with domestic violence victims, men who batter women, drug/alcohol abusers,foster care children, social work staff development, gay/lesbian issues, HIV program development, crisis intervention programming and breast cancer social intervention. After retiring, she spent the majority of her time writing.

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Titles At Your Library

Marshmellow Softness and Rock Hard Taffy
ISBN: 146535297X

Xlibris, Corp.. 2011

Marshmellow Softness and Rock Hard Taffy is a synopsis of the love experience. It is a message that must be heard. The fairy tale stories about love are not sufficient in the real world. Joyce Marie Jones has provided the poetry world with a much needed book that can be shared with mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. This author tells a passionate tale of love from the beginning poem. She describes the profound phases of loving someone. Included are descriptions of the ups and downs and in-between periods felt in a loving relationship. Although realistic in descriptions, the dialogue is uplifting and hopeful. We actually experience common everyday words that transport us to the Triumph of the love experience, "We strut to the melodious tones that bare once bridled desires. Both lean on the edge of anticipation as the romance unfolds." Ms. Jones pinpoints the intricacies of love. From the honeymoon phase to the heartbreak of dissolving a relationship. The book is arranged to de-mystify the human story that is often colored by lack of factual information. With a flair for manipulating the English language, Ms. Jones becomes a storyteller. The presentation of images that are universal in content makes this book a must read. You will find your own story in this book. Certainly you become a life character. Your own meaning of loving will be challenged by descriptors that are sometimes holy and sometimes taboo. Everyone needs to listen to the voice of Jones that is heard in this book. The book is erotic in pure form and pleasure will be gained by all readers. Tastefully written, Ms. Jones has created a masterpiece on the topic of relationships and love.