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Ashley M. Jones Joins Sunday Live

On November 8th, Ashley M. Jones joins host Brad Wetzler for our Sunday Live Reading.

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. She served as Official Poet for the City of Sunrise, Florida’s Little Free Libraries Initiative from 2013-2015, and her work was recognized in the 2014 Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writer’s Exchange Contest and the 2015 Academy of American Poets Contest at FIU. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Hub City Press New Southern Voices Contest, the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including CNN, the Academy of American Poets, POETRY, Tupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, Fjords Review, Quiet Lunch, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, Night Owl, The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, pluck!, Valley Voices: New York School Edition, Fjords Review: Black American Edition, PMSPoemMemoirStory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016), Kinfolks Quarterly, Tough Times in America Anthology, and Lucid Moose Press’ Like a Girl: Perspectives on Femininity Anthology. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She was an editor of PANK Magazine. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her second book, dark // thingwon the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. Her third collection, REPARATIONS NOW! is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from Hub City Press. She won the 2018 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize from Backbone Press, and she is the 2019 winner of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Jones is a recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and a 2020 Alabama Author award from the Alabama Library AssociationShe was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, board member of the Alabama Writers Cooperative and the Alabama Writers Forum, co-director of PEN Birmingham, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

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Radical Open-heartedness, Ashley M. Jones Joins Sunday Live

Sunday Live Host Brad Wetzler

Today, I woke up and re-listened to President-Elect Joe Biden’s speech from last night. I was struck by how reasonable and measured he sounded. How open he is to listening to and leading all Americans. How ready he is to be the facilitator-in-chief of real healing. At first, his words and measured tone sounded radical. And given these polarized times, they are. Until healing happens, kindness, acceptance, open-heartedness will likely continue to seem to be radical ideas. Given this extraordinary moment, it seems fitting that our guest tonight on Writing for Peace Sunday LIVE is poet Ashley M. Jones. Her poems embody her love for the people of this country–North, South, East, West–as much as they are spirited calls for change, growth, and healing. A black American, a native of Alabama, Ashley is a bright, bright light who is not afraid to shine on darker places, whether within herself or at the systemically racist parts of her native South and the whole of America. I hope you’ll join me tonight at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT for a reading of poems and a lively discussion about art, politics, the power of words, love, and more.

On Sunday, November 8th, at 6pm MT, award-winning poet Ashley M. Jones joins host Brad Wetzler for our Sunday Live Reading.

Ashley M. Jones holds an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017) dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019)and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021). Her poetry has earned several awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020. Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, POETRY, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she co-directs PEN Birmingham, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival.   

Meeting ID: 828 9897 7722

Copyright © 2020 Writing for Peace. All rights reserved.

Ashley M. Jones Joins Sunday Live

On Sunday, November 8th, at 6pm MT, award-winning poet Ashley M. Jones joins host Brad Wetzler for our Sunday Live Reading.

Ashley M. Jones holds an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017) dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019)and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021). Her poetry has earned several awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020. Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, POETRY, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she co-directs PEN Birmingham, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival.   

Meeting ID: 828 9897 7722

Resistance is Now Available

Purchase Resistance: DoveTales Summer 2020, Issue III

Book Description:
This 8.5 x 11 full color book is Guest Edited by Brad Wetzler and features poet Martín Espada. With 380 pages of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by contributors from all over the globe, including our 2020 Young Writers Contest Winners, Resistance is a powerful statement of our First Amendment Rights.

Page count: 380   Cost: $24.95


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