In the Frunchroom: Parneshia Jones

We’re just a few days away from our next Frunchroom event at Beverly Arts Center. And this month, we are lucky enough to have the incomparable poet Parneshia Jones with us.

Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award. After studying creative writing at Chicago State University, earning an MFA from Spalding University, and studying publishing at Yale University, Jones has been honored with the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award.

Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex and one of “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” by Newcity 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 featured on PBS Newshour, the Academy of American Poets, and espnW.

A member of the Affrilachian Poets, she serves on the board of Cave Canem and Global Writes. She currently holds positions as Sales and Community Outreach Manager and Poetry Editor at Northwestern University Press.

Parneshia claims Rogers Park and Evanston as home. She’ll be sharing some of her poetry with us on the evening’s topic of race. Join us at 730pm Tuesday, October 3rd at Beverly Arts Center.

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About Scott Smith

Chicagoan, husband, father, writer.
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