As a writing teacher and scholar, I am interested in the practice of writing across environments and genres. My interests in place-based writing also include ecopoetics and the emerging field of creative writing sudies. As a poet, my work encounters themes of place, loss, and environmental destruction. On this page, you will find a brief biography of my creative work and links to sample poems available online. For more information about my creative writing, visit my poetry website: madisonpjones.com/poet.
I am the author of the poetry collections Losing the Dog (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming 2022) and Reflections on the Dark Water (Solomon & George, 2016). My poems have appeared in journals such as North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, The Greensboro Review, and in anthologies including Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. I was the recipient of the Robert Mount, Jr. College Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a Literary Award from the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, among other awards. I regularly review poetry collections and have written for Kenyon Review Online, Birmingham Poetry Review, storySouth, The Journal, and elsewhere. In Spring 2020, I will serve as writer-in-residence at Wolfe Cottage as part of an award from the Fairhope Center for Writing Arts.
Sample Poems Available Online
From Losing the Dog
- “Pastoral.” Crab Orchard Review. Fall 2018 (Vol. 23, Iss. 2).
- “Bon Voyage.” Valparaiso Poetry Review. Fall/Winter 2018-19 (Vol. 20, Iss. 1).
- “Nocturne.” Michigan Quarterly Review. Fall 2017 (Vol. 56, Iss. 4).
- “High Rise.” Shenandoah. Spring 2017 (Vol. 66, Iss. 2).
- “Prescribed Burn.” Shenandoah. Spring 2017 (Vol. 66, Iss. 2).
- "Silver Springs" and "Elsewhere." About Place. October 2017 (Vol. 4, Iss. 4).
- "Witnessing Nature" (essay discussing my poem "Sunfall With Bat House") Open Spaces: North American Review Online, March 2019.
From Reflections on the Dark Water
- "Nostos.” Cumberland River Review. Winter 2014 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1).
- “The Bicycle.” Painted Bride Quarterly. Fall 2014 (Vol. 90).
- “Nocturne in an Empty Field.” Cumberland River Review. April 2014 (Vol. 3, Iss. 2).
- “One-Man Renga in Late June, Lee County.” Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. Summer 2015 (Vol. 29).