Rodney Jones

b. 1950
Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones was born in Falkville, Alabama in 1950. He was educated at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is on the Illinois Arts Council. Jones has set himself apart as a master of the modern lyric and his poems are rooted in the rural South of his childhood.

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion