Parneshia Jones is the author of Vessel: Poems (Milkweed Editions), winner of the Midwest Book Award. After studying creative writing at Chicago State University, earning an MFA from Spalding University, and studying publishing at Yale University, Jones has been honored with the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award.

Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex and one of “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” by Newcity Magazine, her work has been anthologized in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney, and featured on PBS Newshour, the Academy of American Poets, and espnW. She is currently Director for Northwestern University Press. Read more on Publishers Weekly.


MFA - Creative Writing | Spalding University
BA - English | Chicago State University

Sue William Silverman

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Patrick Madden

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference