About Shawn R. Jones

Shawn R. Jones graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers-Camden with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at Rutgers, she was the recipient of the Rutgers-Creative Writing Award and member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Womb Rain (Finishing Line Press 2008) and A Hole to Breathe (Finishing Line Press 2011).  Her poetry has also appeared in Essence, River Heron Review, Guesthouse, Typehouse, and elsewhere. Obelus Journal published her debut short story, “The Life that You Saved,” and Ambassador International published her daily devotional, Pictures in Glass Frames. She holds an MFA from Rutgers-Camden and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Shawn is also the owner and operator of Tailored Tutoring LLC and Kumbaya Academy, Inc., and a jazz dance instructor for Halliday Dance. She is grateful to God for her wonderful family, supportive friends, and recent accomplishments.



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)

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

Obelus Journal: “The Life that You Saved”

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)

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

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

Forbidden Peaks: “Writing Retreat” (Forthcoming)

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