El Jones is a poet, journalist, professor and activist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jones will be in St. John's in November for an engagement with Persistence Theatre Company, and while she's here we have invited her to give a public talk on her new book, Abolitionist Intimacies, about the movement to abolish prisons through the Black feminist principles of care and collectivity. The Department of Gender Studies (with assistance from Memorial University Press and Jones' publisher Fernwood Publications) will host a St. John's book launch to celebrate this important work and to bring together scholars, students, and community members around issues of justice, anti-Black racism, gender rights, decolonization, and feminism.
Jones teaches at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she was named the 15th Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies in 2017. She was Halifax’s Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She is the author of "Live from the Afrikan Resistance!" (Roseway Publishing, 2014), a collection of poems about resisting white colonialism. Her work focuses on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism and decolonization.