Saeed Jones

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Saeed Jones
Saeed Jones at BookExpo 2019
Saeed Jones at BookExpo 2019
Born (1985-11-26) November 26, 1985 (age 34)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Alma materWestern Kentucky University (BA)
Rutgers University–Newark (MFA)
Notable worksPrelude to Bruise
Notable awardsPushcart Prize

Saeed Jones (born November 26, 1985)[1] is an American poet whose debut collection Prelude to Bruise was named a 2014 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.[2] Jones is also executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Lewisville, Texas.[4] He attended college at Western Kentucky University, then earned an MFA at Rutgers University–Newark.[5]


NPR called Prelude to Bruise, Jones's debut poetry collection, "brilliant, unsparing," "visceral and affecting."[6] The Kenyon Review said the work "evokes a perilous, often mythic, eroticism within a brutalizing context of violence."[7] TIME Magazine recommended it as "an engrossing read best consumed in as few sittings as possible."[8]

Jones has been a winner of the Pushcart Prize, the Joyce Osterwell Award for Poetry from the PEN Literary Awards,[9] and the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Award for Literature, and a nominee for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Jones has been featured on PBS NewsHour's poetry series[10] and on So Popular! with Janet Mock on MSNBC.[11] He was featured on the cover of Hello Mr. in 2015.[12]

Jones also writes an advice column for BuzzFeed's READER newsletter entitled "Dear Ferocity."[13]

Jones lives in Columbus, Ohio.[14]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • When the Only Light is Fire. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011.
  • Prelude to Bruise. Coffee House Press, 2014.

In Anthology

  • Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. University of Georgia Press, 2018.


  • How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. 2019. ISBN 9781501132735.


  1. ^ Jones, Saeed [@theferocity] (November 25, 2014). "It's my birthday tomorrow. I'll be 29. So grateful hasn't killed me yet" (Tweet). Retrieved April 25, 2017 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Charles, Ron (19 January 2015). "National Book Critics Circle finalists". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Saeed Jones". BuzzFeed.
  4. ^ Cochran, Jacoby (May 27, 2015). "Saeed Jones: Buzzfeed Editor, Poet, and Forensicator - Melo". Melo. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  5. ^ Sacharow, Fredda (February 19, 2016). "Buzzfeed Names Rutgers MFA Graduate Executive Editor of Culture".
  6. ^ El-Mohtar, Amal (September 3, 2014). "Brilliant, Unsparing 'Prelude' Will Leave A Bruise".
  7. ^ Journey, Anna. "On Saeed Jones's Prelude to Bruise | Kenyon Review Online".
  8. ^ Feeney, Nolan. "Saeed Jones: "No One Is Safe" In These Poems".
  9. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (May 13, 2015). "Coffee House poet Saeed Jones wins PEN award". Star Tribune.
  10. ^ Van Wagtendonk, Anya (September 15, 2014). "Weekly Poem: Saeed Jones composes a 'Prelude' to one Boy's coming-of-age". PBS NewsHour.
  11. ^ Mock, Janet (January 23, 2015). "'Prelude to Bruise,' the Poetry of Saeed Jones". MSNBC.
  12. ^ Jones, Justin. "The Winning Gay Subtlety of 'Hello Mr.'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  13. ^ Staff, Adam Davis BuzzFeed. "The Best Essays, Poems, And Advice Are In BuzzFeed READER's Newsletter!". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  14. ^ "Saeed Jones".

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