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Jack Jones Literary Arts

Jack Jones Literary Arts Founded in 2015, Jack Jones Literary Arts is a book publicity company that represents the unafraid. Jack Jones Literary Arts creates customized literary campaigns including: strategy development, online media outreach, press kit development, tours, speaking and launch engagements and social media planning.

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Valerie Boyd, a journalist who chronicled the life of Zora Neale Hurston in a critically acclaimed biography and edited ...
02/17/2022
Valerie Boyd, acclaimed biographer of Zora Neale Hurston, dies at 58

Valerie Boyd, a journalist who chronicled the life of Zora Neale Hurston in a critically acclaimed biography and edited a forthcoming compilation of the journals of Alice Walker, thus illuminating African American women of letters from the Harlem Renaissance to the present day, died Feb. 12 at a hospital in Atlanta. She was 58.

A veteran journalist, she also edited a forthcoming compilation of the journals of Alice Walker, thus illuminating African American women of letters from the Harlem Renaissance to the present day.

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02/17/2022
Book Launch: The Altar Within by Juliet Diaz

Join us next week!

February 22nd 7pm McNally Jackson Seaport In her third and most important work, Juliet Diaz, the bestselling author of Witchery, offers an approach to Magic, spirituality, and healing like no other and takes readers through the deep work of decolonizing their spirituality. The Altar Within: A Radica...

The Paris Review excerpts client Aisha Sabatini Sloan's CAPTIONING THE ARCHIVES, written with her father, photographer L...
10/18/2021
Eavesdropping in the Archives: Six Artist Portraits - The Paris Review

The Paris Review excerpts client Aisha Sabatini Sloan's CAPTIONING THE ARCHIVES, written with her father, photographer Lester Sloan, and available from McSweeney's.

A photographer discusses his pictures of Richard Pryor, Dr. Seuss, and others. A photographer and his daughter look back at his pictures of Richard Pryor, David Hockney, and others.

Via Literary Hub: "More than anything, I hope people keep writing the truth." Kima Jones  talks to James Cagney about hi...
09/24/2021
WATCH: Kima Jones Reads James Cagney’s Poem “Identity to Burn”

Via Literary Hub: "More than anything, I hope people keep writing the truth." Kima Jones
talks to James Cagney about his collection "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory," and reads the poem “Identity to Burn.”

Featured photo of Kima Jones by Rohan DaCosta. This year, on September 19, 2021, I turned 39 years old. This decade is marked by all I’ve built through Jack Jones Literary Arts, and, at the center …

“The intent of a poem is to slow us down,” said Graham. “It causes us to meditate on a line, not even a sentence. It all...
09/08/2021
Orange County's first-ever pair of poet laureates make their debut

“The intent of a poem is to slow us down,” said Graham. “It causes us to meditate on a line, not even a sentence. It allows us to explore connections that aren’t readily apparent. Poetry provides an opportunity for us to think more slowly and outside of a lot of the structures that we’re used to working inside of.”

Dr. Natalie J. Graham and Tina Mai have been appointed as O.C.'s inaugural poet and youth poet laureates by LibroMobile and the Orange County Public Library.

“I like to think that naming me as the next EIC is a smoke signal that Electric Literature intends to reclaim that space...
08/09/2021
Denne Michele Norris Takes the Helm at 'Electric Literature'

“I like to think that naming me as the next EIC is a smoke signal that Electric Literature intends to reclaim that space within the industry loudly and proudly.”

Denne Michele Norris has been named editor-in-chief of 'Electric Literature' starting on August 10. She succeeds Jess Zimmerman, who had held the role since 2017 before stepping away earlier this summer.

I find serious strength in my morning ministry. I’ll play a single song or album on repeat every morning for several day...
06/24/2021
Kima Jones of Triangle House Literary

I find serious strength in my morning ministry. I’ll play a single song or album on repeat every morning for several days, or even months.

I find serious strength in my morning ministry. I’ll play a single song or album on repeat every morning for several days, or even months. For several years I listened to Prince’s “Purple Rain,” both the song and the album. I’ve also turned to Aretha Franklin’s “Spanish Harlem.” The ...

Five years later the fruits of that phone call are bearing out in a book series from McSweeney’s called Of the Diaspora....
06/21/2021
Of the Diaspora, In the Spotlight

Five years later the fruits of that phone call are bearing out in a book series from McSweeney’s called Of the Diaspora. Edited by Vital-Lazare, the series shines a light on works of Black literature that were relatively overlooked or underappreciated by readers and critics alike at the time of their original publication by reprinting them in new, collectible hardcover editions featuring bold, eye-grabbing cover art by Sunra Thompson.

A series of books, edited by Erica Vital-Lazare and published by McSweeney’s, shines a light on Black literature that was previously overlooked or underappreciated.

As a writer herself and former marketer and publicist, Jones believes her book perspective “is a lot more big picture th...
05/12/2021
Kima Jones on Why She's Ready For Her New Role as a Literary Agent

As a writer herself and former marketer and publicist, Jones believes her book perspective “is a lot more big picture than most.” This is what sets her apart from other agents, it’s also what will lead her to make a wider impact on the publishing industry. “While running the Jack Jones retreat I was able to read some of the most compelling book submissions I’ve ever encountered. Agenting was the natural next step for me,” she shared.

On her new role as an agent at Triangle House Literary, Kima Jones shared in an exclusive interview that she's on the hunt for works by Black women writers. She also said, "Agenting was the natural next step for me." Kima Jones is on a mission. Yesterday (May 11th), Jones announced that she was joi

Jones, who is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts and, more recently, Culture, Too, which is described as “a mentors...
05/11/2021
Triangle House Literary announces expansion, hires literary powerhouse Kima Jones.

Jones, who is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts and, more recently, Culture, Too, which is described as “a mentorship conference for black and brown cultural critics,” is ready to embrace her new role, one she feels more than prepared to take on.

Triangle House Literary, the up-and-coming review-turned-boutique agency founded by Monika Woods in 2019, is expanding, and today announced incoming hires Kima Jones and Renée Jarvis. Says Woods, o…

That book would eventually become “Butch,” Jones’ forthcoming memoir about growing up in New York City’s foster care sys...
11/17/2020
L.A. poet who works to amplify Black voices just sold her own memoir, ‘Butch,’ to Knopf

That book would eventually become “Butch,” Jones’ forthcoming memoir about growing up in New York City’s foster care system. On Tuesday, Knopf announced that it will publish the book, Jones’ debut, in fall 2023. Jordan Pavlin, senior vice president and editorial director at Knopf, will edit.

Author Kima Jones is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, a Los-Angeles based publicity firm. "Butch" is scheduled to be published in fall 2023.

20k+ viewers! If you missed BLACK POETS IN A TIME OF UNREST, our first collaborative event with the L.A. Times Book Club...
09/25/2020
Los Angeles Times

20k+ viewers! If you missed BLACK POETS IN A TIME OF UNREST, our first collaborative event with the L.A. Times Book Club, you can stream it here whenever you'd like. Another huge thank you to all of our book and video colleagues at the Los Angeles Times but especially Donna Wares, Julia Turner, Jose Soriano, and Makeda Easter. Finally, thank you to our Poet Laureate, Robin Coste Lewis, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Dr. Ashaki Jackson, Dr. Natalie Graham, Jay Dodd, Khadijah Queen, and Douglas Kearney.

L.A. Times Book Club presents Black Poets in a Time of Unrest Sept. 24

This Thursday, September 24th at 7pm/pst, we're teaming up with the Los Angeles Times Book Club for BLACK POETS IN A TIM...
09/21/2020
Join Robin Coste Lewis and other Black poets in an 'extraordinary' time

This Thursday, September 24th at 7pm/pst, we're teaming up with the Los Angeles Times Book Club for BLACK POETS IN A TIME OF UNREST featuring poets Robin Coste Lewis, Ashaki Jackson, Natalie Graham, Douglas Kearney, Khadijah Queen, Jayy Dodd, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, and Kima Jones.

National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis is among the poets joining L.A. Times Book Club readers on Sept. 24.

This isn't a note-for-note retelling. It's something else altogether: a pensive exploration of the deep trauma historica...
09/21/2020
'Never Look Back' Updates An Ancient Story Of Love And Loss

This isn't a note-for-note retelling. It's something else altogether: a pensive exploration of the deep trauma historically suffered by colonized and enslaved peoples and how that entwines with more recent hardships, like Hurricane Maria, whose damage is worsened by the remnants of those same institutions.

Lilliam Rivera's new young adult novel reimagines Orpheus and Eurydice as Afro-Latinx teens in New York, bringing something new to the old tale by giving Eurydice her own baggage and her own story.

Black Feeling, Black Talk’s title became a spiritual motto for the kinds of engagement we were seeking in late May and J...
07/30/2020
Black Talk, Black Feeling: Media Round Table - Believer Magazine

Black Feeling, Black Talk’s title became a spiritual motto for the kinds of engagement we were seeking in late May and June; talks between the two of us emphasized the importance of kinship among Black writers. In this spirit, we also wanted to talk with folks who are asking the questions we’re asking.

In the late spring, as uprisings bloomed around the murder of George Floyd, we started thinking about Nikki Giovanni, which is to say we were thinking about Black sociality, Black art, and the manifold agreements and disagreements that flower among us. We were thinking about Black dialogues. In Nove...

Performing Arts Center, Theater, Film
07/30/2020
Performing Arts Center, Theater, Film

Performing Arts Center, Theater, Film

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

Black Journal’s broadcasts spanned 1968 to 1977 and 59 episodes from the series are available to stream for the first ti...
07/22/2020
Historic Black Journal Streams for the First Time | THIRTEEN - New York Public Media

Black Journal’s broadcasts spanned 1968 to 1977 and 59 episodes from the series are available to stream for the first time, thanks to The WNET Group’s participation in The American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

Black Journal, a public television series that ran from 1968 to 1977, joins the The American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Two WNET Group staff members share its significance.

The industry has long been criticized for hiring and retaining so few employees of color — according to a survey of the ...
07/03/2020
‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing

The industry has long been criticized for hiring and retaining so few employees of color — according to a survey of the work force released this year by the children’s book publisher Lee & Low Books, only 5 percent are Black. But the calls to diversify have intensified in recent weeks, as Black professionals have publicly shared long-suppressed frustrations about how racial prejudice has affected their work. In publishing, that has included discussions of hiring practices, workplace microaggressions and publishing companies’ treatment of books by Black writers.

An author, literary agent, marketer, publicist, editors and booksellers talk about how race affects their careers — and the books you read.

Authorities have confirmed the passing of Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old protestor who helped raise awareness about the...
06/15/2020
Tallahassee e Activist Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, Has Been Killed

Authorities have confirmed the passing of Oluwatoyin Salau, a 19-year-old protestor who helped raise awareness about the police shooting of Tony McDade. She was last seen on June 6, and was reported missing on June 9 by the Tallahassee police department. Her alleged killer, Aaron Glee Jr., 49, has been arrested, according to WCTV.

Amplify her story.

As one response to this revenue crisis, some outlets are reducing or eliminating book reviews. While we understand and t...
05/15/2020
An Open Letter to Newspapers and Other Media Outlets - The Authors Guild

As one response to this revenue crisis, some outlets are reducing or eliminating book reviews. While we understand and truly sympathize with the grave financial pressures behind these decisions, we believe maintaining book coverage now will benefit readers, authors, reviewers and media outlets themselves. We encourage those outlets to continue to make space for the vital conversation around books in their coverage.

Authors and reviewers have always appreciated the media’s support for the literary arts. With empathy and understanding, we urge them to continue their noble support of books and reading during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope and trust that the council will also continue to address the urgent needs of those who provide the city with its...
05/12/2020
Writers' groups struggling under COVID-19 appeal to L.A. City Council for help

We hope and trust that the council will also continue to address the urgent needs of those who provide the city with its essential services, including healthcare professionals, and that they continue to fund programs that provide the sick, homeless, disabled, undocumented, and other marginalized communities with the resources they need. But as the council turns to shore up the creative economy of our city, we ask that you recognize the vital contribution of writers and literary artists to our city’s past, present, and future.

A coalition of L.A.-based literary organizations and allies sent a letter to L.A. City Council Monday requesting financial aid during the pandemic.

New anthology collects dozens of poems about pandemic
05/06/2020
New anthology collects dozens of poems about pandemic

New anthology collects dozens of poems about pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus spread in March, poet Ada Limon struggled at first to write, feeling “flattened and silenced” by a pandemic that had shut down much of the world she knew....

Congratulations to this year's Pulitzer Prizes winners including Colson Whitehead, Jericho Brown, Michael R. Jackson, Ni...
05/04/2020
2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to this year's Pulitzer Prizes winners including Colson Whitehead, Jericho Brown, Michael R. Jackson, Nikole Hannah-Jones and a posthumous citation to Ida B. Wells for her "outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching."

2020 Prizewinners and finalists, including bios, photos, jurors and work by winners and finalists

I was born in the United States in the 1980s: While the playlist is a sonic representation of my Viet memory, I should n...
04/21/2020
These 3 Songs Are a Sonic Representation of My Vietnamese Memory

I was born in the United States in the 1980s: While the playlist is a sonic representation of my Viet memory, I should note that many of the songs included are not what one might consider Vietnamese at all. There are songs by Vietnamese (and Vietnamese American) artists, covers of French and American songs, and American pop music.

Music needs minds and media to carry it, but it doesn’t need bags. Music can’t sink boats.

Words Without Borders Editorial Fellowship
03/24/2020
Words Without Borders Editorial Fellowship

Words Without Borders Editorial Fellowship

Part-time New York, NY Words Without Borders seeks applicants for its editorial fellowship. The WWB Editorial Fellowship program is designed to provide training for individuals looking to build a career around the publication and promotion of international literature. The editorial fellow will gain

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