Award-winning poet Major Jackson to read from his work at Coe

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2010-03-19 13:46:16 - General

Poet Major Jackson will read from his poetry at the annual Paul Engle Poetry Reading on Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

Jackson is coming to Coe as this year's Paul Engle Poetry Reading guest, in honor of the late Paul Engle, Cedar Rapids native, Coe College graduate and longtime director of the famed Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

An emerging influential voice in poetry, Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry: "Hoops" and "Leaving Saturn," winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Jackson serves as poetry editor for "The Harvard Review" and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literature - Poetry. His third volume of poetry, "Holding Company," is forthcoming.

Jackson's work has been published in many literary journals and magazines including "American Poetry Review," "The New Yorker," "Boulevard" and "Callaloo." He is one of two U.S. poets to receive a Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellowship in 2003.

Jackson holds degrees from Temple University as well as the University of Oregon. He serves as an English professor at the University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars.

For more information, call 399-8581.