Peter Thabit Jones
Peter Thabit Jones is the author of nine collections of poetry and one collection of short stories. His latest book of poems, The Lizard Catchers, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications, New York. His poem “Kilvey Hill” was incorporated into a permanent stained-glass window by leading Welsh artist Catrin Jones in the new Saint Thomas School, Swansea, Wales, in 2007. He has lectured on literature and creative writing for the adult education department at Swansea University for 15 years.
Jones toured America for six weeks in March 2008 with Aeronwy Thomas, Dylan Thomas's daughter, giving readings, talks, and workshops from New York to California. The two also have written the first-ever Walking Guide of Dylan Thomas’s Greenwich Village, New York (2008).
Widely published, Jones is a recipient of the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London), and an Arts Council of Wales Award, among others. His work with a major educational project to teach English to secondary school children throughout Russia has been featured on British and American television, BBC radio, and educational cassettes and CDs.
Jones is founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry, an international poetry magazine. His poems have been translated into 18 languages, including Russian, Hebrew, and Japanese. He is included in The New Companion to the Literature of Wales, the literature chapters of two history books on Swansea, and a book on Dylan Thomas’s Swansea.
His long correspondence with Vince Clemente, American poet, biographer, and emeritus professor of English, New York University, is archived, along with their poem manuscripts and their books, in The Vince Clemente Papers at Rochester University, New York.