About Shawn R. Jones

Shawn R. Jones is co-owner of Tailored Tutoring LLC and Kumbaya Academy, Inc.  She 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 2015).  Her poetry has also appeared in Essence, River Heron Review, Guesthouse, Typehouse, and elsewhere. Furthermore, Obelus Journal published her debut short story, “The Life that You Saved.” She has work forthcoming from New Ohio Review. Shawn holds an MFA from Rutgers-Camden and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.



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)

Passengers Journal:

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

“I Was Going to Name You Oni” (2021)

Forbidden Peaks: “Writing Retreat” (Forthcoming)

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

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)


Virtual Poetry Workshop Facilitator for grades 6-12 (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Writing Workshop Facilitator for Martin Luther Christian School

New Hope Community Center in Pleasantville

Creative Arts High School in Camden