Jordan Jones

About the Author
Jordan Jones is the author of Sand & Coal, published by Futharc Press in 1993. His poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translations have appeared in The American Book Review, Asylum, The Boston Book Review, Fiction International, Heaven Bone, The LA Reader, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, and Small Press, as well as in the anthologies Anyone Is Possible: New American Short Fiction (Red Hen Press, 1998) and What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hip Hop (Parallax Press, 1998). In 2004, Obscure Publications published Selections from The Wheel.

His translations of René Daumal’s poetry collection Le Contre-Ciel appeared in two volumes from Obscure Publications in 2003 and 2004.

He was co-editor of The Northridge Review and poetry editor of California Quarterly, and founded Bakunin (1990–1997), a literary magazine “for the dead Russian anarchist in all of us.” In 2003, he co-founded and co-edited the online multimedia collaborative art exhibit, The 365 Project, ( He is currently the editor and publisher of Leaping Dog Press and Asylum Arts Press.

He lives with his wife Leslie, stepson Max, and an insane house cat, in the Neuse River Watershed of Wake County, North Carolina, where he makes a living as an manager of engineers, designs websites, and pursues genealogical and historical research. His thoughts on the intersection between genealogy, technology, and media appear in his “Technology” column in NGS Magazine (a publication of the National Genealogical Society) and are forthcoming in APGQ (The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly). He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, and maintains their website (one of five genealogical websites he has designed and developed). His is also on the Education and Technology Committees of the NGS.


  • “With The Wheel, Jordan Jones demonstrates that the best poetry is an engaged and active response to the world around us. His cycles of poems range from the sublimely philosophical to the deeply personal, to the scorchingly political. In a time of poetic mumbles and whispers, Jones stands up and shouts.”
    — Greg Boyd, author of The Nambuli Papers and Water & Power
  • “This is one sweet book. Jordan Jones writes with such a pure voice, offering up all the matters of life that he cares deeply about and the universe requires that we all care about. Very lovely refreshing true poems; it’s a book to believe in.”
    — Sandra McPherson, author of A Visit to Civilization
  • “Jordan Jones opens The Wheel with, ‘Words are liquid we pour onto the earth.’ Ah, but how his words pour into our ears to sing a spinning world in a lathe-turned sky! In haiku-like evocations ‘at the circular edge of the urban,’ he reads us the relief maps of tree rings and fingerprints, childhood memories and coyote tracks, Stonehenge and the Book of Ezekiel, the Orpheus legend and a lunar eclipse. Contrasting what the ancients revered in the circle with the circular lies and spins of our present administration, he provides a context for our temporary empire of domestic sub-divisions and foreign occupations within the larger cycle of nature. In this defiantly upbeat book every page vigorously demonstrates, ‘A practice of dying makes a living / wise, long, & sweet.’”
    — Kirpal Gordon, author of Eros in Sanskrit, “Entering the ‘Clear Pool School’ of Poetry: Reviews of Eric Paul Shaffer’s Lahaina Noon and Jordan Jones’s The Wheel