Arkansas-born Patricia 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 Yanique.
The series is moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, associate dean for Academic Services at The New School for Public Engagement.
Location: The Hirshon Suite, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Free; seating is limited; reservations required by calling or emailing
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