Patricia Spears Jones was born in Forrest City, Arkansas and has lived for more than four decades in New York City. She is the author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015). Her honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, awards from the New York Community Trust and the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and residencies from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and The Bau Institute at Camargo Foundation. She was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize and the Paterson Prize and the recipient of The Jackson Poetry Prize.
Patricia Spears Jones, excerpt from “Life Lessons” from A Lucent Fire. Copyright © 2015 by Patricia Spears Jones. Reprinted with the permission of the author and The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of White Pine Press.
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