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    Hettie Jones



    Author of How I Became Hettie Jones, a memoir of the "beat scene" of the fifties and sixties, currently available in a paperback edition from Grove Press. Her short prose has appeared in journals such as the Village Voice, Global City Review, and Ploughshares. She has written thirteen books for children and young adults, including The Trees Stand Shining (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Star Fallin' Mama: Five Women In Black Music (1974, reprinted 1995, New York Public Library recommended teenage reading). Her memoir project with Bob Marley's widow, Rita, No Woman, No Cry, was published in 2004 by Hyperion Books, and a second collaboration, From Midnight to Dawn, about the Underground Railroad, came out from Doubleday in 2007. Jones is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Having Been Her and For Four Hetties, and many articles and reviews. In 1998, a poetry collection, Drive (Hanging Loose Press), won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second collection of poems, All Told, appeared in 2003, and her third, Doing 70, in 2007. From 1989-2002 she ran a writing workshop at the New York State Correctional Facility for Women at Bedford Hills, which published a nationally distributed collection, Aliens At The Border. Jones is a former chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee and is currently a member of PEN's Advisory Council. 

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