Sandra Jackson-Opoku

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General Information

Name: Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction, Poetry

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Sandra Jackson-Opoku was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Columbia College in Chicago for three years, majoring in Journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jackson-Opoku is an award-winning poet, journalist and fiction writer. She attended Columbia College in Chicago for three years, majoring in Journalisim and then transferred to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she changed her major to Communications/Afro-American Studies, attaining her BA in 1976.

Her first novel, The River Where Blood Is Born, won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award for Fiction. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing have also been seen in Essence magazine.

In addition to writing, Jackson-Opoku owns a small communications consulting firm in Chicago that provides editorial, scriptwriting and corporate communications services. She has taught at Columbia College, Chicago State University and the Robert Taylor Housing Projects special programs division.

Jackson-Opoku currently divides her time between Chicago and Florida, where she is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami, Florida.

Published Works

  • The River Where Blood is Born, One World/Ballentine, 1997
  • Hot Johnny and The Women Who Loved Him, One World/Ballentine, 2001
  • Sea Island Summer, One World/Ballentine, 2001

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The River Where Blood Is Born (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

ISBN: 034542476X
Release Date: 1998-08-18

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Hot Johnny (and the Women Who Loved Him)

ISBN: 0345435087
Release Date: 2002-01-02

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Sea Island Summer

ISBN: 0786804319
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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Literary Awards

American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Best Fiction in 1998 for The River Where Blood is Born.

She has won a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and a Ragdale Foundation US - Africa Writers Fellowship among other honors.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Information:


Shena Patel c/o One World/Ballentine

201 East 50th Street

New York, New York 10022


External Links

Sandra Jackson-Opoku on WorldCat

Sandra Jackson-Opoku on Amazon


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