Major Jackson Reads at PSU April 15

April 11th, 2007 by Adam

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at Plymouth State University presents a reading by Major Jackson, winner of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the Silver Center.

poetJackson is associate professor of English at the University of Vermont and a member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He earned a BS from Temple University and a MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. As a poetry fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Jackson will complete a long sequence of poems titled “Urban Renewal.” He will also create a verse narrative of the life of Phillis Wheatley.

He is the author of two collections of poetry: Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, which is a Cave Canem Poetry Prize selection and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Grand Street, The New Yorker and Triquarterly, among other literary publications.

He has garnered recognition with a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Whiting Writers’ Award for “emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise,” and the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress.

Scott Woodruff wrote in a “Professor Profile” for the student newspaper of the University of Vermont, “Jackson writes based on his experiences with titles he doesn’t mind using: Father, Teacher and Husband. …Jackson’s poetry reads loud and clear, with vivid imagery and a personal voice that is strong and convincing.”

An authors’ reception and book signing will be held following the reading. There is no charge for admission, but free tickets are required. Contact the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS or online at

The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is presented by the Silver Center for the Arts and supported by a generous grant from the Barnes & Noble/PSU Bookstore.