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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rodney Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poet

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama

-- Rodney Jones on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The unborn :
ISBN: 0871130041. OCLC Number:

Atlantic Monthly Press,. Boston :. ©1985.

Transparent gestures /
ISBN: 0395510627. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1989.

Apocalyptic narrative and other poems /
ISBN: 0395710871. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1993.

A poetry collection which instills the keepsakes of fleeting America with a holy spirit and ultimately inks in a map of this place and time that suggests both individual and collective renewal. --Houghton Mifflin.

Elegy for the southern drawl /
ISBN: 0618082492. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2001, ©1999.

Exulting in the speech of his native Alabama, Rodney Jone's new poems combine satire and ode, formal lament and ribald joke.

Salvation blues :
ISBN: 0618624309. OCLC Number:

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Rodney Jones has been called "the supreme example of the southern human person speaking in American poetry" (Southern Review) and one of the nation's "best, most generous, and most brilliantly readable poets" (Poetry). Salvation Blues traces the career of this popular narrative poet through one hundred choice poems, including twenty-four bold new pieces.


The Story They Told Us of Light

Associated Writing Programs Award, 1980

The Unborn

  • Lavan Younger Poets Award, 1986
  • Transparent Gestures

  • National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1989
  • Elegy for the Southern Drawl

  • Nominated, Pulitzer-prize, 1999
  • Salvation Blues

  • Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2007
  • Shortlisted, Griffin Poetry Prize, 2006

    Other Awards

    Speaking Engagements

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