Title: Continuing Education Lecturer
Company: Hofstra University
Location: Hempstead, New York, United States
Lawrence W. Jones, Continuing Education Lecturer at Hofstra University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in creative writing.
Motivated by the works of great poets like Emily Dickinson, Mr. Jones set out to make his own mark on the field. His interest began in elementary school, when some of his poems were applauded and published in little magazines, and solidified in high school, when he was named an outstanding student of literature and the state champion of interpreting dramatic literature and poetry. After graduating, Mr. Jones garnered experience in roles like director of Café Nico, creative writing mentor and tutor for the PEN Prison Writing Project, adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, advisor to ABC No Rio, and teacher at the Arts & Technology High School in New York, Cobble Hill School of American Studies, and Gramercy Arts High School. He found he really enjoyed engaging with students and helping them develop, so he joined the Center for Gifted Youth at Long Island University in 2006 and Hofstra University in 2013. Mr. Jones continues to serve the latter as a continuing education lecturer for the Hofstra Gifted Academy and the Saturday Classes for Young People to this day. Additionally, he has been a mentor for The Creative Writing Club since 2017.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Jones has been active in producing pieces of his own. He most recently co-authored “A Poem of Common Prayer” for Rogue Scholars Press and contributed to the “Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza, 20th Anniversary Anthology” for the Nuyorican Poets Café. Prior to that, he contributed to “Ripasso: An Invitational Poetry Collection,” “Perspectives,” and “Downtown Poets,” and served as the writer-in-resident associate for the Fred Ewing and Lola Austin Case Foundation at Western Illinois University. Mr. Jones enhanced his professional standing by earning a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in film and theater and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the School of Arts & Sciences at Hunter College in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He also obtained an advanced certificate in adolescent education and English language arts from the School of Education at Hunter College and a public school teacher certificate in English language arts for grades 7-12 from the Education Department of the University of the State of New York in 2012.
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