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, Womb Rain and A Hole to Breathe. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Obsidian, TriQuarterly, Rattle, River Heron Review, Guesthouse, and elsewhere. Her manuscript is a semi-finalist for the Elixir Press 2021 Antivenom Poetry Award and finalist for the 2021 Saturnalia Books contest. She is a dance instructor at Halliday Dance and a member of No River Twice, a poetry improvisational performance troupe. She holds an MFA from Rutgers-Camden and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.




TriQuarterly:  “Today, My Cousin Brenda Would Have Been 50” (Forthcoming)

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

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

Obsidian Literary Journal: 

“Dirty Little Secrets are just Another Set of Facts” (Forthcoming)

“Dog Fight in Virginia Ave. Courts” (Forthcoming)

Langston Hughes Review

“Listening to Donna Summer Reminds Me of My Father” (Forthcoming)

“One Reason She Keeps A Switch Blade in Her Pocket” (Forthcoming)

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” (2021)

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)

Typehouse: “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)