Hettie Jones

Hettie Jones is a poet and prose writer, 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. Jones’s short prose has been published in journals such as Fence, Global City Review and Ploughshares, and she has also written numerous books for children and young adults. In 1998 Jones’s poetry collection, Drive, was issued by Hanging Loose Press. Drive won the Poetry Society of America’s 1999 Norma Farber First Book Award. Jones’s second collection, All Told, was published in 2003. Her third collection, Doing 70, appeared in March 2007 and Marie Ponsot writes in Commonweal, “tuneful poems…centered and engaged….I know of no other poet’s voice so at ease in welcoming the fact that we are all people of color, “looking/for bread but asking/ for roses.” Jones teaches currently in the Graduate Writing Program of the New School and at the 92nd St. Y Poetry Center. The mother of two grown daughters, Hettie Jones lives in Manhattan’s East Village. She is currently at work on Love, H. a memoir in letters; Race Tracks, a book of linked stories; and Press Firmly, a collection of new and selected poems.

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