MISSOULA – Poet, professor and author Major Jackson will offer his insights during a lecture and a reading Friday, Oct. 18, at the University of Montana. Both events are free and open to the public.
Jackson, the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont, will present a craft lecture from noon to 1 p.m. in Liberal Arts Building Room 11. He then will read from his work at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.
His visit is sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program as part of its President’s Reading Series.
Jackson is the author of three poetry collections, “Holding Company,” “Hoops” and “Leaving Saturn.” The first two volumes both were finalists for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, while “Leaving Saturn” won the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.
He also received the 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.
In addition, Jackson is 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, served as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently is the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.