Rodney Jones

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Rodney Jones (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)

External links

  • Rodney Jones, . Southern Spaces, 22 January 2009.

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