Ms. Ashley Jones

Alabama, United States

Member Since: 10/15/2012

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. 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. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including the Academy of American PoetsTupelo 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 received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She was an editor of PANKMagazine. 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 second book, dark // thingwon the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair of the AWC , co-coordinator of the Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.



Twitter Username: @ashberry813


  • Magic City Gospel , Hub City Press
  • dark / / thing , Pleiades Press


  • Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award
  • B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award
  • Silver Medal in Poetry, Independent Publishers Book Awards
  • Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, Pleiades Press


  • Creative Writing Faculty Member at Alabama School of Fine Arts (August 2015 - )
  • Seminar Instructor at University Honors Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (August 2016 - )
  • Director at Magic City Poetry Festival (October 2017 - )
  • Second VP & Membership Chair at AWC (June 2018 - )
  • Poetry Instructor at The Makery at the Hindman Settlement School (October 2018 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing/Spanish from University of Alabama at Birmingham (May 2012)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Florida International University (May 2015)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry