Rodney Jones

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General Information

Name: Rodney Jones

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poet

Born: 1950 in Falkville, Alabama

Website: N/A


Illinois Connection

Jones is a distinguished scholar and professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has taught there since 1985.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rodney Jones is a poet and professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He was educated at the University of Alabama and earned his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Published Works

  • Going Ahead, Looking Back, Southbound Books, 1977
  • The Story They Told Us of Light, University of Alabama Press, 1980
  • The Unborn, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985
  • Transparent Gestures, Houghton Mifflin, 1989
  • Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems, Houghton Mifflin, 1993
  • Things That Happen Once, Houghton Mifflin, 1996
  • Elegy for the Southern Drawl, Houghton Mifflin, 1999
  • Kingdom of the Instant, Houghton Mifflin, 2002
  • Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems 1985 - 2005, Houghton Mifflin, 2006
  • Imaginary Logic, Houghton Mifflin, 2011.

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

The Story They Told Us of Light Associated Writing Programs Award, 1980

The Unborn

  • Lavan Younger Poets Award, 1986

Transparent Gestures

  • National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, 1989

Elegy for the Southern Drawl

  • Nominated, Pulitzer-prize, 1999

Salvation Blues

  • Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, 2007
  • Shortlisted, Griffin Poetry Prize, 2006

Other Awards:

  • Peter I.B. Lavan Award, Academy of American Poets
  • Jean Stein Award, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
  • Southeast Booksellers Association Award
  • Harper Lee Award, 2003

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes

External Links

Rodney Jones on WorldCat


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