Michal “MJ” Jones is a writer, poet, musician, parent and earth visitor living in Oakland, CA. A talented interdisciplinary writer, MJ's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and is featured or forthcoming in Anomaly, TriQuarterly Review, Kissing Dynamite, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Rhino Poetry, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, The Body Is Not An Apology, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and many other venues. MJ is the recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the San Francisco Writers Grotto, VONA - Voices of Our Nations, Winter Tangerine, and Kearny Street Workshop's Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. MJ also serves as an Associate Poetry Editor at Foglifter, an award-winning literary home for queer and trans writers. MJ's debut poetry collection, HOOD VACATIONS, is forthcoming from Black Freighter Press in Fall 2021.
MJ’s words are deeply open and vulnerable, reflect life living at the intersections of Black, queer, non-binary identity, and display a genuine sense of self-awareness. They are currently busy raising a glorious toddler and finishing their first full collection of poetry. MJ is the Community Engagement Fellow in the MFA in Poetry program at Mills College (2021), where they will focus on curating workshops for Black queer & trans poets.