by Brian Dunlap
Last week Kima Jones, founder of L.A. based Jack Jones Literary Arts, was named to The Root 100 2018. Coming in at number 88, The Root says Jones made the list because her book-publicist firm consists of a roster “primarily…[of] women and writers of color.”
The Root 100 is The Root’s annual list of the 100 most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. It’s there way of honoring the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.
Kima Jones says in a NPR Codeswitch article that, “There needs to be more women of color in publishing, in positions of power, period. As I see other book clubs and speaking series, reading series, organizations pop up that are dedicated to writers of color, queer writers, disabled writers, other marginalized writers, I’m like: yeah, do that!This is what we need.” The article goes on to say, “Publicists like Jones, with proven experience connecting clients with a multicultural readership and who are adept at new methods for generating online buzz for writers, feel especially important at a time when the literary world seems to be exploding with voices from the margins.”
In conjunction with her work running Jack Jones Literary Arts, Kima Jones is also a published poet, fiction writer and essayist whose 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.
At Jack Jones Literary Arts, Jones is especially proud of her work as lead strategist 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.
Congratulations to Kima Jones on her recognition from The Root for all her work at Jack Jones promoting writers of color.