A. Van Jordan has three collections of poetry, "Rise," "M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A," and "Quantum Lyrics." "Rise was awarded a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was chosen by the Academy of American Poets for the Book of the Month Club. "M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A" was awarded the Anisfield-Wold Award.
Jordan's accolades include a Whiting Writer's award and a Pushcart Prize. He has taught at graduate writing programs including University of Texas - Austin, University of Michigan, and Warren Wilson College..