The maker of poems that rumble and rock, Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: HOLDING COMPANY and HOOPS—both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry—and LEAVING SATURN, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also a recipient of 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.
Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.
Didi Jackson’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, The Common, and Water~Stone Review among other publications. Her manuscript, Almost Animal, (now Killing Jar) was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and Autumn House Press. It was a semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Open Book Prize, the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and the University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham and Felix Pollack Prizes. Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly in 2013. Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, 20th Century Poetry of War and Witness, and Creative Writing at the University of Vermont.