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Poetry Reading


Poetry Reading

A reading by the multiple award-winning US poet, Major Jackson.

  • Date: Friday 15 November 2019
  • Time: 18:00-19:00 (doors open 17:30)
  • Venue: King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including:

  • The Absurd Man (2020)
  • Roll Deep (2015)
  • Holding Company (2010)
  • Hoops (2006)
  • Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems
Major Jackson, US poet and winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize

His edited volumes include:

  • Best American Poetry 2019
  • Renga for Obama
  • Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems

About Major Jackson

Major Jackson is a recipient of fellowships from:

  • the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
  • the Guggenheim Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He has been honoured 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, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Tin House. Many volumes of Best American Poetry include his work.

Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont. He is the Richard A Dennis Professor of English and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

This is the closing event of the celebrations marking the opening of The Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle University. We invite our guests to enjoy complimentary drinks and canapés.

This event is free of charge, but registration is required.