Ashley M. Jones received an M.F.A. in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, Fjords Review, Quiet Lunch, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, Night Owl, The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, pluck!, Valley Voices: New York School Edition, Fjords Review: Black American Edition, PMSPoemMemoirStory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016), Kinfolks Quarterly, Tough Times in America Anthology and Lucid Moose Press’ Like a Girl: Perspectives on Femininity Anthology.
She served as Official Poet for the City of
Sunrise, Florida’s Little Free Libraries Initiative from 2013-2015, and her
work was recognized in the 2014 Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writer’s
Exchange Contest and the 2015 Academy of American Poets Contest at FIU. She was
also a finalist in the 2015 Hub City Press New Southern Voices Contest, the
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest and the National Poetry
Series. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015
B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She was an editor of PANK Magazine.
She currently lives in Birmingham, Ala., where she is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.