Patricia Spears Jones
Arkansas born and raised; resident of New York City for more than four decades, Patricia Spears Jones is the eleventh winner of The Jackson Poetry Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for American poets. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and five chapbooks including Living in the Love Economy. Her fourth collection, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poem (White Pine Press Distinguished Poets series) features her 2016 Pushcart Prize winning poem, “Etta James at the Audubon Ballroom.” She was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize (take out Paterson Prize) from the Poetry Society of America and the Paterson Prize from the Passaic County Community College. Her work is widely anthologized. In 2015 she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund award for her memoir in progress.