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Date of Birth: Poems by Shawn R. Jones [For Book Review Consideration]

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Title: Date of Birth: Poems

Author: Shawn R. Jones

ISBN: 9780892555697

Date of Publication: April 11, 2023

Contact: Annalee Roustio aroustio@perseabooks.com

Synopsis: Winner of the 2022 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. A bracing and candid voice, Jones' debut journals heart-wrenching realities—racism, poverty, addiction, incest—scrutinizing both love and betrayal in equal measure, whether at the level of one’s self, one’s neighborhood, or one’s nation. Gregory Pardlo praises, “the poems in…Jones’s large-hearted debut demonstrate that dignity is not a state of rest. It is a struggle that makes us present to our lives and everyone in them.”

Author Bio: Shawn R. Jones is the author of two chapbooks, Womb Rain and A Hole to Breathe. Her poems have appeared in Essence, New Ohio Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Camden, she grew up in Atlantic City, and lives outside of Philadelphia is southern New Jersey. 

Cover artwork: Tajh Rust

Cover design: Small Stuff NYC


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