Independent Historian

Melinda Jones is a lover of history, culture, literature, film, and music. She is an independent researcher and historian who received her B.A. in English from Saint Xavier University in 2007, with a concentration in creative writing. She is a published writer, poet, and blogger, and creator of a writing workshop titled Everyone Has a Story to Tell that teaches women to find their voice through writing. She has also written several blues-inspired works, including a full-length novel and adapted screenplay titled Black Rock, a collection of poetry titled Blues in Open G, and served as a panelist at the Chicago Blues Festival and DePaul University. In addition to history, culture, literature, film, and music, other research interests include the African Diaspora, cooking/ food, and religion.