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Urban Renewal: A Poetry Reading and Discussion with Major Jackson

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Major Jackson RI '07 is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (2015, Norton), Holding Company (2010, Norton); Hoops (2006, Norton); and Leaving Saturn (2002, University of Georgia Press), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. He is the editor of Countee Cullen: Collected Poems (2013: Library of America). He has published poems and essays in AGNIAmerican Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewCallaloo, the New YorkerPoetryTin House, and other literary publications.

Jackson is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard A. Dennis University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.


Jackson will be introduced and the discussion moderated by Julie A. Buckler, the director of the humanities program at the Radcliffe Institute and Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literatures in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

This event is part of the Roosevelt Poetry Readings at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Roosevelt Poetry Readings are made possible by a donor gift that will help bring poets of recognized stature to the Institute.

Free and open to the public.