Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones (November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer.

She graduated from Connecticut College, in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1973, she completed a Master’s degree in creative writing from Brown University and, in 1975, earned a Ph.D. in creative writing from the same university. In 1976, she became an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, where she worked until 1983. Her debut novel Corregidora (1975) was praised by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Maya Angelou, among others.



  • Corregidora (1975)
  • Eva’s Man (1976)
  • The Healing (1998)
  • Mosquito (1999)

Short story collections

  • White Rat (1977)
  • Raveena (1986)

Poetry collections

  • Song for Anninho (1981)
  • The Hermit-Woman (1983)
  • Xarque and Other Poems (1985)


  • Chile Woman (1974)


  • Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature (1991)

About her

  • African American Writers: A Dictionary, ed. Shari Dorantes Hatch and Michael R Strickland (2000)
  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature, ed. Hans Ostram and David J. Macey (2005)
  • Engendering the Subject: Gender and Self-Representation in Contemporary Women’s Fiction, by Sally Robinson (1991)
  • Bridging the Americas: The Literature of Paula Marshall, Toni Morrison and Gayl Jones, by Stelamaris Coser (1994)
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: the Black Experience in the Americas, ed. Colin A. Palmer (2006)
  • Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature, ed. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Roseann P. Bell, and Bettye J. Parker (1979)

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