Angela Jackson

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General Information

Name: Angela Jackson

Pen Name: None

Born: 1951 in Greenville, Mississippi

Website: N/A


Illinois Connection

Jackson spent her early years living in Greenville, Mississippi. Her family moved to Chicago when she was one year old. She graduated from Loretto Academy, a Catholic high school, in Chicago. Jackson stayed in Chicago during college and attended Northwestern University, graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1977. She also earned a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Chicago. Angela has taught African-American literature at Kennedy-King College since 1997 and still resides in Chicago today.

Biographical and Professional Information

During the 1970's in Chicago, Angela Jackson became one of the most desired readers and performers because she was able to master the art of pause and rhythm during a performance. Jackson is also very well know for her involvement in Chicago's Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC). The influence of this organization has had a great effect on Jackson's writing. Its main goal was to advance "the conscious development and articulation of Black Aesthetic." Members are encouraged to express in words the "Black Experience" and also pay attention to and focus on the works of other African American authors.

Published Works

  • Voodoo Love Magic, Third World Press, 1974
  • Solo in the Boxcar Third Floor E, OB Ahouse, 1985
  • The Man with the White Liver, Contact II, 1987
  • Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners, Northwestern University Press, 1993
  • And All These Roads Be Luminous, Poems Selected and New, Northwestern University Press, 1997
  • Where Must I Go, Northwestern University Press, 2009
  • It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time: Poems, Triquarterly, 2015
  • Roads, Where There Are No Roads, Triquarterly, 2017
  • A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks, Beacon Press, 2017

Titles at Your Library

Voo Doo Love Magic (First poets series)

ISBN: 0883780321
Release Date: 1974-06-01

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Solo in the Boxcar Third Floor E

ISBN: 0933653018
Release Date: 1985-06-01

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The Man With the White Liver: Poems

ISBN: 0936556161
Release Date: 1987-06-01

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Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners

ISBN: 0810150263
Release Date: 1993-11-15

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And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New

ISBN: 0810150778
Release Date: 1998-02-20

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Where I Must Go: A Novel

ISBN: 0810151855
Release Date: 2009-09-30

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It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time: Poems (Triquarterly)

ISBN: 0810130513
Release Date: 2015-02-15

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Roads, Where There Are No Roads: A Novel

ISBN: 0810134721
Release Date: 2017-04-15

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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks

ISBN: 0807025046
Release Date: 2017-05-30

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Literary Awards

And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New

  • Nominated, National Book Award

Where I Must Go

  • American Book Award, 2009

Other Awards:

  • 1973 Conrad Kent Rivers Memorial Award
  • 1974 Academy of American Poets Award from Northwestern University
  • 1984 Hoyt W. Fuller Award for Literary Excellence
  • 1985 American Book Award
  • 1984 DuSable Museum Writers Seminar Poetry Prize
  • 1984 Pushcart Prize for Poetry
  • 1989 ETA Gala Award
  • 1993 The Chicago Sun-Times Book of the Year Award in Poetry
  • 1994 Carl Sandburg Award for Poetry
  • 1996 Illinois Literary Heritage Award from the Illinois Center for the Book
  • 2002 Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Publicist @ Contemporary Forum

External Links

Angela Jackson on WorldCat

Angela Jackson on The Poetry Foundation Website

Angela Jackson on the Poet Laureate Website

Angela Jackson on The History Makers


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