We are honoured to announce the final judge for the 2022-23 Sexton Prize for Poetry is Rodney Jones, a major American poet. Submissions can be made via Submittable. You may email us at info at eyewearpublishing dot come for for more information.
Rodney Jones’s Alabama has just been published by Louisiana State University Press in their Southern Messenger Poets Series. His other books include Transparent Gestures (1989), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Things That Happen Once (1996), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999), a Pulitzer finalist, and Salvation Blues (2006), which won the Kingsley Tufts Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His other honors include the Frederick Brock Prize from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, the Jean Stein Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Marfa residency from the Lannan Foundation. His work has won two Pushcart Prizes and been selected for ten editions of Best American Poetry. In 2008 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and in 2016, he was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. He has taught at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Warren Wilson low residency MFA program, served as the Mary Rodgers Field Distinguished University Professor at Depauw University, and as the Visiting Elliston Poet at the University of Cincinnati. He lives in New Orleans with his partner, poet Kathleen Balma.