The Porch is proud to welcome poet Major Jackson for a reading and workshop as part of our Spring 2021 BIPOC Visiting Writers Series, which is supported by an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant from the Metro Arts Commission.
This advanced craft workshop is designed to call attention to the various strategies of entering into a poem and how we usher a reader by poem’s end into a space of either wonderment, self-reflection, discomfort, solace, or surprise.
Jackson will read from his work 30 minutes after the workshop concludes. The reading is free and open to all.
Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded 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 has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Orion Magazine, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry London, and Zyzzva. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.