Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones. Courtesy Rodney Jones The Poetry Archive.

Rodney Jones (born 1950) is an American poet and academic.


Jones was born in rural Alabama. He describes his childhood as “very much like being a part of another age. Our community still did not have electricity until I was 5 or 6 years old.” He attended the University of Alabama, and then earned an M.F.A. at the University of North Carolina.[1]

Since 1984 he has been a professor of English at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.[2]


Jones was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2006 book Salvation Blues won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the 2007 International Griffin Poetry Prize. 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.


Except where noted, award information courtesy The Poetry Archive.[2]



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

    Poet Rodney Jones reads from Salvation Blues One Hundred Poems

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat..[3]

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  1. Rodney Jones b. 1950, Poetry Foundaton, Web, Oct. 17, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rodney Jones (b. 1950), The Poetry Archive, Web. Feb. 1, 2014.
  3. Search results = au:Rodney Jones, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 11, 2015.

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