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Shannon Tate Jonas is a university instructor/college professor of English/Creative Writing.  Born in 1978 in Radford, VA, he attended Fort Chiswell High School in Max Meadows, VA, and graduated with a BA in English, minor in Philosophy, from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) in 2000, an MFA in Creative Writing Poetry in 2005 from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), and a PhD in English Literature with a creative dissertation in poetry from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) in 2009.  He has published widely, both on-line and in print, including a chapbook, Compathy, from Cannibal Press (selected by editor Matthew Henriksen) in 2007, and his first manuscript, Battle Sleep, winner of the 2014 Brick Road Poetry Press Prize (selected by editors Keith Badowski and Ron Self), published January 21, 2016. (ISBN-13: 978-0-9898724-6-1.) Please also visit his Author Page, here:

His two PhD Comprehensive Exam Areas were American Literature II (Realism & Naturalism to Modernism) and British Romanticism.  His PhD take-home dissertation readings exam essay is a critical exploration about the relationship between childhood and landscape in the work of the late poet Frank Stanford.  His creative dissertation is titled Little, to No Stars.

Shannon Tate Jonas has taught an expansive variety of courses at the collegiate level, including creative writing, advanced creative writing poetry, numerous specific and general literature courses, non-fiction essay writing, and all levels of English composition.  He has taught as a graduate teaching assistant, adjunct instructor, full-time Assistant Professor of English, and as Liberal Studies Program Coordinator at multiple universities and colleges: the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo), Campbell University–RTP Campus (Raleigh), Durham Technical Community College (Durham), Shaw University (Raleigh), Virginia Western Community College (Roanoke), SUNY Buffalo State (Buffalo), SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia), and the University at Buffalo, SUNY (Buffalo).

Along with the Brick Road Poetry Prize, Jonas’s work has won numerous prizes, including honorable mention for the annual Steve Kowit Poetry Prize in 2019, a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2012, the Herbert Scott Poetry Prize (awarded to one graduating outstanding doctoral candidate in poetry from Western Michigan University) in 2009, and a Lily Peter Prize for Poetry from the University of Arkansas in 2003.

He has just begun the process of submitting individual poems from his complete second volume of poetry, The Rake.  He is in the process of submitting The Rake in its complete book form to various contests and presses.  The Rake has been named a finalist for the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry by Lynx House Press and named a semifinalist for the 2017 Berkshire Prize by Tupelo Press.  “The Town’s Cathedral,” has been accepted by the on-line poetry journal TYPO 22, available for reading at the home page with a link to TYPO.  The poem “The Spider Wedding” is published in TYPO 28.  The poem “The Underground Film” is published in Cider Press Review 18.4 and the poem “Two Ladders in One Field” is published in TAMMY.

For two and a half years (2016-2018) he lived with his wife and weimaraner in a 19th century farmhouse in the vicinity of the town of Homer, IL where he completed a chapbook, Stone Stacker, and a third manuscript, Wind Chronology, which is a book-length poem chronologically written and ordered in sections.

A poem from The Rake, “The Forest Torso,” was named an honorable mention for the annual Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, sponsored by the San Diego Poetry Annual in association with the San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild.  “The Rake” is published in the 2018-2019 San Diego Poetry Annual.

His poem “Nights Alone with Frank” from the book Battle Sleep has recently been translated into Dutch by Jeroen van den Heuvel and appears in the latest edition of Hans Kluger #36. Four other poems from Battle Sleep have also been translated by Jeroen van den Heuvel in the Dutch journal De Honinzaag

He taught at SUNY Buffalo State and currently teaches at SUNY Fredonia, and the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He lives in Buffalo.