MFA in Writing Alumna Wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Patricia Spears Jones (W '92), the recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize, an annual prize awarded to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.

Patricia Spears JonesIn selecting Spears Jones, the panel described her poems as "made of fever, bones, and breath." Spears Jones, the judges said, "has steadily and quietly enriched the American poetic tradition with sophisticated and moving poems. More of us should know who she is, and even more should read her."

The $50,000 prize, awarded by Poets & Writers, is designed to provide what all poets need: time and encouragement to write.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of this remarkable poet and VCFA alumna!

Read the full Poets & Writers press release here.