Cameron University’s Dr. Hardy Jones, an associate professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, has released “People of the Good God,” a collection of essays. The volume has been released by Mongrel Empire Press.
“People of the Good God” explores the search Jones began in his 20s to understand his family’s Cajun identity and how the culture evolved into the new millennium. The essays are a combination of self-exploration, food writing, travel writing and music writing that create a memoir that probes history, place and culture.
The collection is receiving high praise. Two-time Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque says, “What Hardy Jones gets just right in his story about his Cajun heritage is the roux, the base ingredient of a good gumbo. What emerges is the right flavor and the right mix of this French-African-Native-Caribbean-Creole dish that does as much as anything to define the culture he writes of.”
Dos Passos Award winning writer Randall Keenan refers to the collection as a “must read,” adding, “Few authors get to the heart of the matter of any culture the way Hardy Jones does in these pages, with humor and probing intelligence, but also with a heart as big as Louisiana.”
Jones is author of the novel “Every Bitter Thing.” His fiction and creative nonfiction have been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and his creative nonfiction has been awarded two grants. His short stories were anthologized in the 2009 “Dogzplot Flash Fiction Anthology,” “The Best of Clapboard House Literary Journal,” “Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South,” and “Summer Shorts II.” He is the co-founder and executive editor of the online journal “Cybersoleil” and is the flash fiction editor for www.SugarMule.com.
Jones teaches writing and serves as Director of Creative Writing at Cameron University.
March 12, 2015