About Shawn R. Jones


Shawn R. Jones is the co-owner of Tailored Tutoring LLC and Kumbaya Academy, Inc. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks,  A Hole to Breathe (2015) and Womb Rain (Finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series 2008). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, Rattle, River Heron ReviewGuesthouse, Typehouse, and elsewhere. Her manuscript was a semi-finalist for the Antivenom Poetry Award and finalist for the Saturnalia Books contest. She holds an MFA from Rutgers-Camden and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. When not writing or teaching, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her family and lucky pit bull, Ross.





TriQuarterly:  “Today, My Cousin Brenda Would Have Been Fifty” (Forthcoming)

New Ohio Review: “On Our Way Back from the Protest (2021)

Rattle: “Soprano from the Junior Choir at the Protest” (Forthcoming 2022)

River Heron Review: “Admission of Guilt” (2018)

Guesthouse: “Hypoglycemia During the COVID-19 Crisis” (2020)


“The Undertow” (2020)

“To My Neighbor Who had the All Lives Matter Sign on Her Lawn” (2020)

“Eeenie Meenie Miney Moe” (2020)

“Afraid to Open this Letter from Inmate 17650-328” (2020)

Peregrine Journal: “Finding Uncle’s Dead Body” (2020)

Passengers Journal:

“After Our Pit Died on the Porch in My Husband’s Arms (2021)

“I Was Going to Name You Oni” (2021)

“Spying on Uncle Hector” (Forthcoming)

Essence: “Black Pearl” (2007)

Womb Rain (Finishing Line Press 2008) #61 in the New Women’s Voices Series

Essence “On Bourbon Street” (2009)

A Hole to Breathe (Finishing Line Press 2015)

Challenges for the Delusional: “Home Remedy 1968” (2018)



Obelus Journal: “The Life that You Saved” (2020)

“Writing While Black in the Year of Protest” (2020)

Pictures in Glass Frames (2011)


Poems on Public Display:

Black Lives Matter Poetry Project in Maplewood, NJ : “Hypoglycemia during the COVID-19 Crisis” (2020)’

Atlantic City Poetry Walk: “Admission of Guilt” (Forthcoming)