University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Faculty - Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Major Jackson, Richard A. Dennis Green & Gold Professor, University Distinguished Professor

  • M.F.A University of Oregon
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

Creative Writing, Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, African-American Poetry; Contemporary Pop Culture

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-3054
Office: 430 Old Mill

Spring 2018 Office Hours: By appointment

Website: Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry, including Roll Deep (Norton: 2015), which won the 2016 Vermont Book Award and was hailed in the New York Times Book Review as "a remixed odyssey." His other volumes include Holding Company (Norton: 2010), Hoops (Norton: 2006), and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Jackson has published poems, essays, and book reviews in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, New York Times Book Review, and in several volumes of Best American Poetry. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, among other honors. He is the Richard A. Dennis Green & Gold Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Awards and Recognition: Guggenheim Fellowship, Best American Poetry, Vermont Book Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Pushcart Prize, Whiting Writers Award, National Book Critics, Circle Award (Finalist), Library of Congress, Witter Bynner Fellowship, Cave Canem Poetry Prize, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Winter Fellowship, Pew Fellowship in the Arts

Courses taught: Writing Poetry, Poetry in Rap, Advanced Writing: Poetry, Contemporary American Poetry, 20th Century Poetry Movements, Survey in African-American Poetry, Lyric Sequence: A Global Epic, Poetry of Black Arts Movement, Race and Ethnicity in Literary Studies, Poetry & Visual Arts, Literary Podcasting