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Parneshia Jones

Born: Evanston, Illinois 1980
Connection to Illinois: Jones is an Evanston native. She received her undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. She worked in various capacities at Northwestern University.

Biography: Parneshia Jones is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. Her work has been anthologized in publications including, She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney. Jones is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and serves on the board of Cave Canem and Global Writes. She currently holds positions as Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor at Northwestern University Press. Vessel is her debut poetry collection.

  • Vessel Midwest Book Award, One of 12 Poetry Books to Savor for National Poetry Month, O Magazine, 2015

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

ISBN: 1571314679 OCLC:

Milkweed 2015

Presents a collection of poetry by the African American, Chicago writer, in which she explores themes of the racism and sexism that permeate family life in the urban landscape.