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 has been featured in Anomaly, TriQuarterly Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Rhino Poetry, Obsidian, Everyday Feminism, 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 the Managing 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 Lawrence Press in January 2023.
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 was the recipient of the Community Engagement Fellowship at the Mills College MFA program, where they curated workshops for Black queer & trans poets.