Rodney Jones (poet)
He was born and reared near Falkville, Alabama, gained a B.A. in 1971 at the University of Alabama and an M.F.A. at the University of North Carolina in 1973. He taught poetry at high schools in Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia from 1974 to 1978 and then became a writer in residence at Virginia Intermont College from 1979 to 1984. He was finally appointed Professor of English at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  He retired in 2012. 
Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1985), the Peter I.B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Southeast Booksellers Association Award, and a Harper Lee Award.
- The Story They Told Us of Light (1980)
- The Unborn (1985)
- Transparent Gestures (1989)
- Apocalyptic Narrative (1993)
- Things That Happen Once (1996)
- Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999)
- Kingdom of the Instant: Poems (2004)
- Salvation Blues (2006) (winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, shortlisted for the 2007 International Griffin Poetry Prize)
- Imaginary Logic (2011)
- Village Prodigies (2017)
- Flora, Joseph. Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary. p. 227.
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography
- Griffin Poetry Prize reading, including video clip
- Profile on Blackbird online journal Web site
- Announcement of Rodney Jones winning prestigious 2007 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in Southern Illinois University Carbondale News
- The winter of his content - interview with Rodney Jones in seMissiourian.com News
- Rodney Jones, "An Absence I Know I Won't Reclaim". Southern Spaces, 22 January 2009.
- Video of Rodney Jones' reading at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA, 3/9/09, as featured on www.Poetry.la
- Poetry Foundation biography
- 2012 Retirement Announcement for SIUC Faculty