Poetry. THE LIZARD CATCHERS is Jones's first American collection. It includes art work by Nick Holly, also a Swansea, Wales, native. "The recipient of several awards for his work—which includes six other collections of poetry and one collection of short stories—Peter Thabit Jones's new body of poems is diverse and touching, thanks to his sensitive yet powerful use of language. With his wide range of subject matter and his dynamic way of representing intense emotions, his beautifully crafted poems engage us in the real world. There is a selection of poems for children towards the end of the book, all lively and concise, including the emotive 'Some people in other lands'"—Clare Maynard.
Peter Thabit Jones was born in Wales and raised by his maternal grandparents. He is the author of fourteen books including: GARDEN OF THE CLOUDS (2020), AMERICA, AERONWY, AND ME (2019), THE FIRE IN THE WOOD (2017), THE COLOUR OF SAYING (2014), DYLAN THOMAS WALKING TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE (2014) with Aeronwy Thomas, POEMS FROM A CABIN ON BIG SUR (2011), and THE LIZARD CATCHERS (2006), all published by Cross-Cultural Communications. His work has been translated into over twenty languages. In March 2008, Peter's American publisher, Stanley H. Barkan, organized a six-week poetry reading tour for Peter and Dylan Thomas's daughter, Aeronwy. The pair gave readings and workshops from New York to California. He was invited to Serbia in 2006 by the Serbian Writers Association to participate in the 43rd International Meeting of Writers in Belgrade. He was visiting poet in Romania in 2008 and 2009, where he carried out readings and poetry workshops at colleges and universities. He resided at Big Sur, California, in the summer of 2010 as writer-in-residence, returning again for summer residencies each year from 2011 to 2018. Peter is the Founder and Editor of The Seventh Quarry Swansea Poetry Magazine, which publishes poetry, translations, interviews, and articles from around the world, and the accompanying The Seventh Quarry Press, which publishes international books of poetry, prose, and art. His poem "Kilvey Hill" has been incorporated into a permanent stained-glass window at Saint Thomas Community School in Swansea. In April 2014, he was inducted into the Phi Sigma Iota Society at Salem State University, for his contribution to literature and literary translations. He is the recipient of the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, The Society of Authors Award, The Royal Literary Fund Award, an Arts Council of Wales Award, the Ted Slade Award for Service to Poetry in 2016 by The Poetry Kit, the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2017, and the 2017 Homer: European Medal for Art and Poetry.Author City: Swansea WAL