|2022||Poet Laureate of Alabama|
In 2022, Ashley M. Jones was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Jones will implement the Alabama Poetry Delegation, a multi-regional leadership and service initiative which seeks to engage and support poetry projects and poets across the state. Jones will identify five regions and five regional delegates to shepherd poetry projects over three years. Phase one will involve the selection of delegates from each region; during this phase, Jones will work with libraries and literary organizations across the state to distribute an online Regional Delegate application. Delegates will be chosen based on strength of application materials and a demonstrated history of working within the region on poetry projects and events. During phase two, delegates will distribute a nominations page for each region and choose two projects per year. The Alabama Writers’ Forum will assist with Jones’s fellowship project.