Join Me Tonight for a Special Reading and Conversation with Poet Ashley M. Jones

poetry writing for peace Nov 08, 2020

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.

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.

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