Dr. Andy Jones is a poet, MC, faculty member at UC Davis, radio talk show host,
public speaker, and essayist. Andy has taught writing and literature classes at
the University of California, Davis since 1990, and since 2000 has hosted "Dr. Andy's
Poetry and Technology Hour" on KDVS, Wednesday afternoons at 5:00 P.M.
Among the 1,000 guests he has interviewed on the radio show have been Margaret
Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Ian MacKaye, and Gary Snyder. In addition to a wide variety
of classes on advanced non-fiction writing, writing across media, creative writing,
American Literature, poetry, and theory, Andy has taught several freshman seminars
on topics such as Jazz and Literature, The Beat Generation in Poetry and Film,
Creativity and Technology, Writing About the Future, and Becoming Borg. In 2006,
the Associated Students at UC Davis named him Educator of the Year.
His poems have appeared in many small journals and newspapers, including Epicenter,
A Light Left On, The Homestead Review, Snakeskin, The Blue Moon Literary and Art Review,
and The Sacramento News and Review. Andy is working on a variety of book projects,
including a book on putting poetry into prose, a book on creativity and professional
development, and a book on parenting (co-authored by his wife, Kate). His next poetry
book, to be published by Flatmancrooked Press, is titled Cages. In 2006 Andy's book of
poetry, Split Stock, was published by John Natsoulas Press. His co-author was Brad Henderson.
Andy hosts the Poetry Night Reading Series on the first Wednesday each month at Bistro 33 (226
F Street in Davis, CA), and on the third Thursday each month at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521
1st Street, Davis, CA), both beginning at 8 P.M. Readers have included UC Davis faculty Francisco
X. Alarcón, John Boe, Joshua Clover, Jack Forbes, Clarence Major, Sandra McPherson, Joe Wenderoth,
and Alan Williamson. An open mic follows the featured reader, and campus and community performers
are encouraged to participate. To learn more about the Poetry Night Reading Series, please visit
the link listed below or visit the "Poetry in Davis" group on Facebook.
In addition to his poetry-centric work on KDVS and serving as Poetry Night host, Andy regularly
volunteers his time and talents for educational and literary causes. Every year for the last
decade he has chaired the Essay Evaluation part of the Yolo County Academic Decathlon. He has
served the California Arts Commission as a judge for the Sacramento "Poetry Out Loud" competitions,
he is the Chair of the Community Action Committee of Davis, he co-authored the position of Poet
Laureate of the City of Davis, he has hosted fundraisers for Haiti disaster relief and Tree Davis
(through Davis Sunrise Rotary), and for the last seven years he has volunteered as poetry faculty
for the San Francisco Writers Conference. Andy lives in Davis with his wife and three children.