A C onver s ation w ith Rodney Jones Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum interview Rodney Jones has published eight books of poetry, including Salvation Blues: 100 Poems (2007), Kingdom of the Instant: Poems (2004) and Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999). Salvation Blues won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007. Jones was also named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Peter I. B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts WINTER 2008 / ThE MIssouRI REvIEW 51 and Letters, a Southeast Booksellers Association Award and a Harper Lee Award. Rodney Jones is a professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. This interview was conducted in July 2008. You are a poet familiar with success, and 2007 was particularly good to you. Your recent collection, Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 19852005, was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize and received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for 2007. What's it like to have achieved so much success in
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Jan 14, 2009
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