Spear Jones lives and works in NYC as a poet, editor, anthologist, teacher
and former program coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and
the theater collective, Mabou Mines.
Jones, a 2012 recipient of The New York Community Trust’s Oscar Williams
and Gene Derwood Award, has received grants from the National Endowment for the
Arts, the New, York Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary
Arts, and the Goethe Institute for travel and research in Germany. She was
selected for The Pip Gertrude Stein Prize Awards for Innovative Poetry in
English, and received an honorable mention for the Ann Sexton Poetry
Prize. Her poem, “Beuys and the Blonde”
was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Jones is the author of Femme du
Monde, The Weather That Kills, Painkiller, and Swimming to America, and the co-editor of Ordinary Women: Poems by
New York City Women.
This series celebrates the literature written by women across
the African Diaspora (African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina,
Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and continental African). Past readers include Opal
Palmer Adisa, Jacqueline Bishop, Pamela Booker, Merle Collins, Carole Boyce
Davies, Bridget Davis, Monica A. Hand, Ifeona Fulani, Linda Susan Jackson,
Pamela Jackson, Tayari Jones, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Diana McCaulay, Rosalind
McLymont, and Tiphanie
The series is moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, associate dean
for Academic Services at The New School for Public Engagement.