Chris Jones has lived in Sheffield since 1990. He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1996. From 1997 to 1999 he worked as a writer-in-residence at Nottingham Prison. He was the Literature Officer for Leicestershire for five years and then spent some time as a freelance writer and poetry festival organiser. He currently teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University.
His poem ‘Sentences’, published in the magazine Staple, was nominated for the 2011 Forward Prize Best Single Poem Prize. In 2007 he published his first full-length collection, The Safe House, with Shoestring Press.
Hard on the Knuckle was a winner in the 2003 Book & Pamphlet Competition, judged by David Constantine.
In 2012 he published a chapbook, Jigs and Reels , with Shoestring Press, and in June 2015 his second full length collection is coming out with Longbarrow Press: it will be entitled Skin.