Chris Jones has lived in Sheffield since 1990. He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1996. From 1997 to 1999 he worked as a writer-in-residence at Nottingham Prison. He was the Literature Officer for Leicestershire for five years and then spent some time as a freelance writer and poetry festival organiser. He currently teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University.
In June 2015 he published his second full-length poetry collection Skin with Longbarrow Press.
In 2013 he published a chapbook with Shoestring Press entitled Jigs and Reels and his work featured in the Longbarrow Press anthology The Footing, publishing his sequence on Pre-Reformation wall art and its destruction ‘Death and the Gallant’.
In 2007 he published his first full-length collection, The Safe House, with Shoestring Press. Here you can find his prison and River Don poems in full, along with pieces on family and travel. The Safe House can be ordered from Shoestring Press, Central Books, or through bookshops.
Cells, a sequence of haiku by Chris Jones and watercolours by Paul Evans, is currently available in a strictly limited handmade boxed edition from Longbarrow Press. The box, which measures 10cm x 10cm, comprises ten watercolours reproduced on acetate and ten haiku printed on card. The watercolours can be superimposed and juxtaposed with the haiku to create different arrangements and associations of word and image. Cells is priced at £45 (inclusive of postage and packaging) and can be ordered from Brian Lewis, see below.
A pamphlet collection of poems was produced with Longbarrow Press in November 2007. The sequence, entitled Miniatures, is concerned with the experiences of fatherhood, and reflections on wider family ties. The pamphlet can be ordered from Brian Lewis, 6 Tenby Close, Lawn, Swindon, SN3 1LN for £4 (inclusive of postage and packaging).