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Gayl Jones
Born November 23, 1949 (1949-11-23) (age 60)
Lexington, Kentucky
Occupation novelist, poet, playwright, professor, and literary critic
Genres African American literature
Notable work(s) White Rat

Gayl Jones (born November 23, 1949) is an African American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. [1]


Life and career

After earning the Frances Steloff Award for Fiction while attending Connecticut College, she graduated with a Masters in creative writing at Brown University. The same year, she published her first book Corregidora.[2] Ever since she left her post as associate professor from the University of Michigan, Jones has kept her life private in order to focus more on her writings.[3] Her papers are currently housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Selected works

Novels and Short Stories

  • Corregidora, novel, 1975.
  • Eva's Man, novel, 1976.
  • White Rat, short stories, 1977.
  • The Healing, novel, 1998.
  • Mosquito, novel, 1999.

Poetry Collection

  • Song for Anninho, poetry, 1981.
  • The Hermit-Woman, poetry, 1983.
  • Xarque and Other Poems, poetry, 1985.

Plays and Miscellaneous collections

  • Chile Woman, play, 1974.
  • Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature, criticism, 1991.


See also

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