History and Mission

 
 

Based in Los Angeles, Jack Jones publicizes bold, forward-thinking literature that privileges narratives told by black women and women of color.

Welcome to Jack Jones Literary Arts, a multifaceted book publicity company.  Founded in March 2015, Jack Jones Literary Arts's mission is to provide publicity services and support for writers who are unafraid. We work diligently to announce book projects to audiences who seek literary art that is unorthodox, underappreciated, and unparalleled. 

Jack Jones Literary Arts is changing the way we talk about literature. It is no mistake that Jack Jones’s roster is 98% black women and women of color.  Jack Jones is shifting how literature by women—queer, feminist, of color, of a certain age—is reviewed and discussed by broadening the conversation and opening avenues formerly closed by mainstream outlets. Jack Jones clients have been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR Weekend Edition, Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, Los Angeles Times, Miami New Times, Fusion, Los Angeles Review of Books, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Lenny Letter, Bitch, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post Arts, LA Weekly, The Rumpus, Bustle, The Millions, Brooklyn Magazine, Catapult, Electric Literature, Read It Forward, Kweli Journal,  Design Sponge, Poets and Writer's Magazine, The Root, Colorlines, Latina, WNYC, The Literary Hub, and many more.

Jack Jones is proud to broaden its services to the literary community by presenting its speakers bureau and writing retreat in 2017.

 
Photo credit: Vanessa Acosta

Photo credit: Vanessa Acosta

Kima Jones, Founder

 


Kima Jones has received fellowships from PEN Center USA Emerging Voices, Kimbilio Fiction, Yaddo's 2016 Howard Moss Residency in poetry and was named the 2014-2015 Gerald Freund Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and was included on the inaugural Bitch 50 list in 2017 as a "shape-shifter who pushed pop culture to be more representative, inspiring, and meaningful for communities who are typically ignored by mainstream media." She has been published at Poets and WritersGQ, Guernica, NPR, PANK and the Rumpus and in the anthologies Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community and the New York Times Best Seller, The Fire this Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward. Her short story "Nine" received notable mention in Best American Science Fiction 2015, and her hybrid poem "Homegoing AD" appears in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. She serves as an advisory board member for the Rumpus. Kima founded Jack Jones Literary Arts in March 2015 and works as lead strategist on all publicity campaigns and is especially proud of her work on the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry winner, Olio, by Tyehimba Jess; the 2017 PEN America Robert W. Bingham Emerging Fiction Prize winner, Insurrections, by Rion Amilcar Scott; and the 2017 Midland Authors Award winner in Adult Fiction, Know the Mother, by Desiree Cooper. Kima divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. She writes poetry and prose.

Photo credit: Vanessa Acosta

Photo credit: Vanessa Acosta

Allison N. Conner, Publicity Assistant

 

Allison Noelle Conner's work has appeared in Full Stop, Entropy, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She enjoys exploring ways in which literature and publishing can realign our notions of community, activation, resistance, and healing. She is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at CalArts. Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Allison now lives in Los Angeles. Allison joined Jack Jones Literary Arts in 2017 where she manages the speakers bureau and is in training as a junior publicist.

Photo credit: Vanessa Acosta

Photo credit: Vanessa Acosta

Amanda Choo Quan, Special Programs Coordinator


Amanda Choo Quan is a Trinidadian-Jamaican writer, performer and organizer currently based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, where she earned the Brodber-Pollard prize, and of CalArts' MFA in Creative Writing, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She has attended Callaloo and Cropper Foundation workshops, the Juniper Summer Institute, and the Scottish Universities Summer International School. Her work can be seen in Callaloo or on various stages across LA. She enjoys writing about displacement, intimacy, and evil. Amanda joined Jack Jones Literary Arts in 2017 and in addition to grants writing and project management, she is training as a junior publicist.