Patricia Spears Jones is author of the poetry collections A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (2015), Living in the Love Economy (2014), Painkiller: Poems(2010), Femme du Monde (2006), and The Weather That Kills (1995). Art and music tend to inform her poems, and she offers portraits of individuals in transit, engaging themes of class and social change with wry perception. She is the eleventh winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for American poets. She is a recipient of grants and awards from the NEA, NYFA, and a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award in 2015. Essence.com named her one of its “40 Poets They Love in 2010.” Her work is widely anthologized.