Michal ‘MJ’ Jones
Michal 'MJ' Jones, assistant judge of our Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and parent in Oakland, California. Their poems have appeared in Anomaly, Kissing Dynamite, TriQuarterly Review, and wildness. Often addressing the troubling and haunting aspects of life, violence, and identity, MJ's work blends the lyrical, documentary, and confessional modes. MJ is the Editor-In-Chief of Foglifter Press, a premier journal for queer and trans writers. They have received fellowships from Hurston/Wright Foundation, VONA/Voices, and Kearny Street Workshop. They received their MFA in Creative Writing–Poetry from Mills College, where they received the distinguished Community Engagement Fellowship. Their debut poetry collection Hood Vacations is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2023, and they are hard at work on their second collection!