Academic Ceremonies - December Commencement
December Commencement 2013 Speaker
Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor Major Jackson is one of the most distinguished and celebrated voices in American poetry. A member of the English Department at the University of Vermont since 2002, he is the author of three collections of poems: Holding Company (2010, Norton); Hoops (2006, Norton), both finalists for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry; and Leaving Saturn (2002, University of Georgia Press) awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He is the editor of Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems.
His books have received critical attention in The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, The New Yorker, Washington Post, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He has published poems and essays in many literary periodicals including the American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Poetry, and Tin House. Individual poems have been reprinted in the annual anthology Best American Poetry (2004, 2011, 2013) and included in the Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition.
Major Jackson is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a 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. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.
Professor Jackson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Temple University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. He has worked as the curator of literary arts at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia and taught as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Adelphi University, Columbia University, Xavier University of Louisiana, New York University, Baruch College as the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence, and University of Massachusetts - Lowell as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence.
He lives in South Burlington, Vermont, and is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.
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