Saeed Jones at BookExpo 2019
|Born||November 26, 1985|
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Western Kentucky University (BA)|
Rutgers University–Newark (MFA)
|Notable works||Prelude to Bruise|
|Notable awards||Pushcart Prize|
Saeed Jones (born November 26, 1985) is an American poet whose debut collection Prelude to Bruise was named a 2014 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. Jones is also executive editor for culture at BuzzFeed.
NPR called Prelude to Bruise, Jones's debut poetry collection, "brilliant, unsparing," "visceral and affecting." The Kenyon Review said the work "evokes a perilous, often mythic, eroticism within a brutalizing context of violence." TIME Magazine recommended it as "an engrossing read best consumed in as few sittings as possible."
Jones has been a winner of the Pushcart Prize, the Joyce Osterwell Award for Poetry from the PEN Literary Awards, 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 and on So Popular! with Janet Mock on MSNBC. He was featured on the cover of Hello Mr. in 2015.
Jones also writes an advice column for BuzzFeed's READER newsletter entitled "Dear Ferocity."
Jones lives in Columbus, Ohio.
- When the Only Light is Fire. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011.
- Prelude to Bruise. Coffee House Press, 2014.
- Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. University of Georgia Press, 2018.
- 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.
- Charles, Ron (19 January 2015). "National Book Critics Circle finalists". The Washington Post.
- "Saeed Jones". BuzzFeed.
- Cochran, Jacoby (May 27, 2015). "Saeed Jones: Buzzfeed Editor, Poet, and Forensicator - Melo". Melo. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Sacharow, Fredda (February 19, 2016). "Buzzfeed Names Rutgers MFA Graduate Executive Editor of Culture". news.rutgers.edu.
- El-Mohtar, Amal (September 3, 2014). "Brilliant, Unsparing 'Prelude' Will Leave A Bruise". NPR.org.
- Journey, Anna. "On Saeed Jones's Prelude to Bruise | Kenyon Review Online". www.kenyonreview.org.
- Feeney, Nolan. "Saeed Jones: "No One Is Safe" In These Poems". TIME.com.
- Hertzel, Laurie (May 13, 2015). "Coffee House poet Saeed Jones wins PEN award". Star Tribune.
- Van Wagtendonk, Anya (September 15, 2014). "Weekly Poem: Saeed Jones composes a 'Prelude' to one Boy's coming-of-age". PBS NewsHour.
- Mock, Janet (January 23, 2015). "'Prelude to Bruise,' the Poetry of Saeed Jones". MSNBC.
- Jones, Justin. "The Winning Gay Subtlety of 'Hello Mr.'". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Staff, Adam Davis BuzzFeed. "The Best Essays, Poems, And Advice Are In BuzzFeed READER's Newsletter!". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
- "Saeed Jones". www.washingtonpost.com.
- Quotations related to Saeed Jones at Wikiquote