"Parneshia Jones is pure literary juke — a record's smoothest rotation, the roll steady of the Gulf. She's cool Chicago late nights and the slow crawl of Sunday morning in New Orleans. Parneshia is a world of a woman — Renaissance Conjure Priestess of planet earth and the way way beyond. We want her words filling our shelves, our lungs, our hearts. Eyes forward; hands on the wheel — Parneshia Jones knows every curve of the road, the byway, highway — and we’re always along for the ride." —Ellen Hagan, author of Hemisphere (Read more praise here)

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Vessel named a best book of 2015 by Mosaic Magazine

Vessel picked as one of the five books of poetry to read by poet, CM Burroughs and Vela Magazine

Shelf Awareness Celebrates Black History Month

Parneshia featured on Poets & Writers Podcast from Poets & Writers Live!

Parneshia reads at Blanc Gallery in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood (filmed by David Flores)

WEBZ (Chicago Public Radio) Feature: Parneshia reads a poem dedicated to her stepfather.

Newcity Feature: Who Really Books in Chicago

Guild Complex: 25 Writers to Watch in Chicago

The Poetry Foundation

Vessel has a new drink! Dave Wheeler from Shelf Awareness wrote a Literature and Libations piece and featured a wonderful shout out to Vessel with a drink to match! The Rattlesnake!

Chicago Tribune's Me, My Shelf and I


Vessel reviewed in The Literary Review!

Washington Independent Review of Books

Savvy Verse and Wit

Booklist reviews Vessel

Los Angeles Review of Books reviews Vessel

Publishers Weekly reviews Vessel


She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Edited by Caroline Kennedy. Hyperion Books

44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States. Edited by Sonia Sanchez, Lita Hooper and Michael Simanga. Third World Press

Poetry Speaks: Who I Am (Anthology and CD compilation). Edited by Elise Pashen. Source Books

America! What’s My Name? The “Other” Poets Unfurl the Flag. Edited by Frank X Walker. Wind Publications

Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. Edited by Nikky Finney. University of Georgia Press


Vessel, Finalist for Midwest Book Awards

Parneshia Jones awarded a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency

2011 Aquarius Press Legacy (Willow Books) honoring a woman writer of color from the American Midwest actively involved in providing opportunities for other writers.

Commissioned poem for the City of Chicago, Art for Humanity and Durban, South Africa (2009)

Commissioned poem for ShoreFront Legacy Center (2009)

Margaret Walker Short Story Award—Third Place, College Language Association (2003)

Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award (2002)

Publicity Bio

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 Jones lives in Chicago.