Major Jackson is an associate professor of English at the University of Vermont and the author of two collections of poetry: Hoops (W. W. Norton, 2006) and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), which won the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received critical attention in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Poetry, Triquarterly, and the New Yorker, among other publications.
For his project, Jackson will complete a long sequence of poems titled “Urban Renewal.” He will also create a verse narrative of the life of Phillis Wheatley.
Jackson received his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and a commission from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He is a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a former Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress.