ANITA GAIL JONES is a visual artist, oral tradition storyteller and writer, born and raised in Albany, Georgia. Her BA degree is from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is Executive Director for The Gaines-Jones Education Foundation—a family charity she co-founded with her husband, Rob Roehrick. She is published in various print and online sources. Her in-progress debut novel—Peach Seed Monkey was a Novella Semi-finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and selected as a Finalist in the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband.
Awards and Recognition
- Novel, Peach Seed Monkey: 2021 Finalist: Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction
Press and Media Mentions
- In a six-figure two-book pre-empt, Retha Powers at Holt acquired from Steve Ross at Steve Ross Agency, World rights to the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction finalist Anita Gail Jones’ PEACH SEED MONKEY, a sweeping multigenerational novel told through parallel storylines which show the origins of a south Georgia family’s tradition of giving carved peach seed monkeys to all male descendants, and how its modern-day sons and daughters struggle with the legacies of America’s Civil Rights Movement, and the far reaching impacts of the 1800s slave trade from Senegal to Charleston, S.C. The second book, tentatively entitled HEADRAG, is a coming-of-age novel set in 1985 New York City revolving around a young Black model from southwest Georgia who uses a frayed scarf from her grandmother to slick her hair down, making it chic for runway shows. In time, she sees this headrag as an heirloom, a symbol of her heritage from cotton fields to day-work, to fashion shows.