Rodney Jones (poet)

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Rodney Jones (born 1950) is an American poet and professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 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, 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)

External links

  • 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 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
  • Poetry Foundation biography

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