Ashley Jones

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Ashley Michelle Jones (born August 13, 1990 in Birmingham) is a poet and creative writing instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA). She was one of six female authors honored with a Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award in 2015.

Jones is the daughter of Donald Jones, assistant chief of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service, and his wife, Jennifer. She grew up in Roebuck and attended W. J. Christian School, EPIC Elementary School, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, graduating in 2008. She then completed a bachelor of arts in English at UAB in 2012 and a master of fine arts in poetry from Florida International University, where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow, in 2015. Her poems, which often touch on her experience of race in Birmingham and in America, have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies.

Jones returned to Birmingham in 2015 to join the faculty at ASFA. A selection of poems from her collection entitled Magic City Gospel, earned her notice by the Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation. She was presented with that national honor on September 17, 2015. In 2017 her collection dark // thing was selected for the "Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry" given by the University of Central Missouri's Pleiades Press.



  • Garrison, Greg (September 2, 2015) "Birmingham writer, UAB grad wins national award, $30,000 prize." The Birmingham News

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