Parneshia Jones

Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel, chosen as “One of 12 Books to Savor” by Oprah Magazine. Her work has been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney, and has been received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency, the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award. She studied creative writing at Chicago State University, earned an MFA from Spalding University, and studied publishing at Yale University. A member of the Affrilachian Poets, she serves on the board of Cave Canem and Global Writers. Jones currently holds positions as Sales and Subsidiary Rights Manager and Poetry Editor at Northwestern University Press. She lives in Chicago.

Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award
Margaret Walker Short Story Award
Aquarius Press Legacy Award
Lannan Foundation Writing Residency
Midwest Book Awards Finalist

Books by Parneshia Jones

Parneshia Jones
Winner of the Midwest Book Award

Affectionate, dynamic, and uncommonly observant, this collection mines the richness of history to create a map of identity and influence. In the South, “lard sizzles a sermon from the stove”; in Chicago, we feast on an “opera of peppers and pimento”—and between the two lies a wealth of family stories and portraits.

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