Ashley M. Jones on reparations, writing through loss and being Alabama's first Black poet laureate

"Reparations Now!" the latest collection of poetry from Ashley M. Jones is a stirring message from the heart of the Deep South. Jones was just named poet laureate of Alabama, the youngest person and first Black Alabamian to hold the title. On the Reckon Interview, she discusses hearing everyday poetry in Alabama, her works that confront that the South's past and present, the legacy of Black womanhood and more. She also reads three selections from her new collection.

"Reparations Now! is available from Hub City Press at Learn more about Ashley M. Jones at


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