Patricia Spears Jones

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Patricia Spears Jones (left) with Charles Bernstein at the Kelly Writers House in 2016.

Patricia Spears Jones (born 1951) is an American poet. She is the author of five books of poetry. Jones is the editor of "The Future Differently Imagined", an issue of About Place Journal, the online publication of Black Earth Institute.[1] Previously, she was the co-editor for Ordinary Women: Poems of New York City Women. Her poem "Beuys and the Blonde" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jones was the winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize for 2017,[2] and she will serve as the 2020 Louis D. Rubin Jr. Writer-in-Residence[3] at Hollins University.

A native of Arkansas, Jones lives in New York City. She received her BA from Rhodes College in 1973 and her MFA from Vermont College in 1992. She has been a constant presence in the New York writing community.


Poetry collections

  • A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015)
  • Living in the Love Economy (Overpass Books, 2014)
  • Painkiller: Poems (Tia Chucha Press, 2010)
  • Femme du Monde (Tia Chucha Press, 2006)
  • The Weather That Kills (Coffee House Press, 1995)

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Patricia Spears Jones".
  2. ^ a b "Patricia Spears Jones wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize". Poets & Writers. 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ "Louis D. Rubin Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University". Hollins. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  4. ^ NEA Literature Fellowships > 40 Years of Supporting American Writers Archived August 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Patricia Spears Jones :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  6. ^ "Past Residents". Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  7. ^ Aizenman, Hannah (December 24, 2018). "Our Year in Poems". The New Yorker.

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