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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rodney Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poet

Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama


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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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