This is a Dance Movie! (Stories)
Tiny Hardcore Press/Civil Coping Mechanisms

"This is the short story collection as playful dance party among serious things--a remix of pop culture, gay sex and celebrity, ranging from the confectionary to the visionary. A collection of sparks for various fires, from a bold young talent finding his way forward."
—Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

"Beautifully written in perfectly realized sentences, with dead-on moments of recognition that require the reader to pause and savor the pleasure of rereading, these stories are brilliantly original, sexually frank, even a bit frightening perhaps, but very funny. Surreally, subversively, wonderfully funny."
—Susan Nussbaum, author of Good Kings, Bad Kings

"Tim Jones-Yelvington's 'This is a Dance Movie!' feels like a wound your dear childhood friend begged you to look at, and when you peered in it oozed glitter. This collection leans in, familiar, knowable, and then it dazzles you, leaving you blinking, waiting impatiently for when you can see again to read more."
—Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls

The Nervous Breakdown Self-Interview
decomP (review)
Lambda Literary


Become on Yr Face (poetry chapbook)
New Michigan press

Winner of DIAGRAM's 2016 chapbook contest, these poems' feral forms manifest fantasies of queer becoming—from supermodel to ballerina, sex bot to insect, shedding chitin, glamour and goo. 

"When I think about contemporary poetry and its impossible donut shape—by which I mean continuous, obscure, dazzling, interesting, retreating, arriving—I always think about Tim Jones-Yelvington."
—Joyelle McSweeney

"Tim Jones-Yelvington is a glittery moonbeam from my favorite planet, Jupiter."
—Jennifer Tamayo




Evan's House and the Other Boys Who Live There
(short fiction chapbook), in They Could No Longer
Contain Themselves, 
Rose Metal Press, 2011. 

"The collection’s most palpable sense of want, of stifled desire, of lightning-quick loneliness lives under the roof of Tim Jones-Yelvington’s 'Evan’s House and the Other Boys Who Live There.'"

—Amy Kates,

This collection contains—but just barely—five chapbooks of flash fiction, including the winner of the third annual Rose Metal Press short short chapbook contest, and four of the finalists from the fourth. Dominatrixes and fetishists, face paint and goo, fierce parental love and perverse longings cohabitate in Tim's contribution—"Evan's House and the Other Boys who Live There." 

Lambda Literary
Small Press Book Review


Daniel, Damned (Prose chapbook)
sold out, Solar Luxuriance Press

A tale of two boys who enter the woods, called forth by their juvenile longing, and by the spells of the queer witch queen who craves their candy.

From the Publisher:
Daniel, Damned takes as its launching point the epicenter of disposable celebrity--the teenager who found himself at the locus of America's attention for fifteen minutes, the titular "Daniel" of the "Damn, Daniel" vine. But this is just a launching point for Jones-Yelvington's playful exploration of desire. The narrative takes place in a dark forest, but the play takes place in language as we move through a twisted fairy tale that no one but Jones-Yelvington himself could create.

Real Pants

Read the PDF.


Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit DIVA extraordinaire

Who, or what is TJY? In this neon-lit chronicle of the rise and fall of literature's first pop star, the diva's trauma memoir collides with the twisted coming of age narrative of his adolescent fanboy, ornamented by the gilded prose poems that constitute the diva's song. The result is a queer exploitation, rather than obliteration, of whatever remains of the distinction between high theory and lowbrow culture, conjuring a space where Lady Gaga meets Valley of the Dolls meets Dennis Cooper meets Deleuze, set to a soundtrack by LaToya Jackson, and where camp's gestural pathos is tugged joyfully into the digital age.

Status: Complete manuscript, currently seeking publisher. First runner up for the 1913 Prize for First Books, finalist for the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest, finalist for the Noemi Press Book Award. 


Ephraim Dotey is head-over-heels in love with a boy named Aidan — Or he used to be, before he realized love’s nothing more than an elaborate marketing gimmick. (That's totally what he believes now). Now he’d be home free if he could just stop fantasizing about Aidan — even if most of those fantasies involve murdering him and his hot new boyfriend Perry, along with their henchwoman, his ex-best friend Beth. Then Ephraim receives a mysterious late-night visit from his favorite soap opera villainess, who informs him he’s possessed by the spirit of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love. Now, he's using his newfound powers as an excuse to become the first-class schemer he's always dreamed of being, wreaking havoc on his friends, family and high school, and learning love, actual love, doesn’t look like anything he’d ever imagined. 

Status: Complete manuscript, currently seeking agent. 

(Selected) prose


This is a Dance Movie, Another Chicago Magazine (originally)
Republished at The Nervous Breakdown—an ebullient paean to adolescence, endorphins, and mass-mediated desire. 

Limelight MemoriesSPECS journal of art and culture
Camp cinema meets boarding school sexual assault scandal meets One Direction "m-preg" fan fic. CW: Rape, infanticide.

Abraham the Daddy, Isaac the BoyThe Account
A queer gnostic gospel. 

Teenagers' NeedThe Fanzine
Aging, queer desire, unrequited adolescent longing, and the spectral body of Degrassi Community School's Student Body President.

Tim Jones-Yelvington is a Pretty Little Liar, Red Lightbulbs
Poetic interrogation of queer misogyny via the faggot gurlesque, inspired by my favorite teen melodrama:
"I am the secret keeper. I am keeping my knowledge of your evil. I am the evil little cunty little twat who tweets."

Derrick Mickelson's Cuddle Bed For Wayward BoysHarpur Palate (originally)
Audio, performed by professional Chicago actors, c/o "Reading Out Loud." I once described this as the only true (i.e. conventional/realist) short story I've ever written.

Law and Order: Viewers Like UsFRiGG
Spectatorship, loneliness, perversion, explored in the form of an internet episode guide for an imagined television series about watching TV. 

Seducing Matt Mitcham, Annalemma and Seducing Adam Lambert, Storyglossia
A pair of stories voiced by a precocious blogger/starfucker and self-professed "researcher." 

Everyday ZoologyKeyhole (originally)
A young mother, and the uncanny horror of urban domesticity and strange, imaginary animals. 

Very Short

TeethMatter Press Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
His smile perched on a rock. I had ideas for where to put those teeth...

Clean Babies, htmlgiant
While we fucked, I'd hold his baby...

Fugitives, [PANK]
Sliced meat glittered on plates, luminous, white and threatening...

What if the Dungeon ClosesSmokelong Quarterly
Marlena was a professional dom. She was always telling me how much less exploited she felt than when she’d worked as an administrative assistant...

Painted FacesKeyhole (originally)
I want to dig my fingers into the paint and spread yellow whiskers across my cheeks...

American KidsMud Luscious (originally)
Bristol likes Levi to fuck her with his hockey mask on, behind a tree in the church courtyard...


Prism Buttock...Refract Yr Splurge, Dreginald

Terminal Ballerina, Enclave

Visage, Jet Fuel Review

Evening Out, Finery