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Paul Jones

Paul Jones has published poetry in many journals including Poetry, Georgia Review, Southern Review, North Carolina Literary Review, as well as in cookbooks, in travel anthologies, in a collection about passion (What Matters?), in a collection about love (. . . and love . . .), and in The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800-Present (from Scribner). In the past year, he was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and one Best of the Web Awards. His chapbook, What the Welsh and Chinese Have in Common, was a North Carolina Writers Network award winner.

A manuscript of his poems crashed on the moon’s surface April 11, 2019, as part of Arch Mission’s Lunar Library delivered by SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander.

Jones is the director of, a contributor-run, digital library of public domain and creative commons media, begun more than twenty-five years ago. He is a clinical professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Family (in particular and in the abstract)
  2. Art (in particular and in the abstract)
  3. Music (of all kinds without borders)
  4. Poetry (of all kinds without borders)
  5. NC BBQ (Eastern preferred)
  6. Gumbo (Trinity and roux required)
  7. Scotch whisky (Islay regional preferred)
  8. American whiskey (rye if possible)
  9. Open Source software (no compromise)
  10. Open Internet (no compromise)