Hettie Jones

her twenty four books include her Beat memoir, How I Became Hettie Jones; Drive, which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber Award; Big Star Fallin’ Mama, (Five Women in Black Music), honored by the New York Public Library; No Woman No Cry, a memoir she authored for Bob Marley’s widow, Rita; From Midnight to Dawn, the Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad (with Jacqueline Tobin); and a third poetry collection, Doing 70. Her short prose has been published in Fence, The Village Voice, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is the former Chair of the PEN Prison Writing Committee, and the editor of Aliens At The Border, a poetry collection from her workshop (19892002) at the New York State Correctional Facility for Women at Bedford Hills. She currently teaches in the Graduate Writing Program of the New School and at the 92nd St. Y Poetry Center, and serves on the PEN Advisory Council.