The Toadstool Bookshop and the Loom Poetry Series are excited to partner once again to host a live, online reading from two poets, Major Jackson and Didi Jackson. This event will be free and open to the public and will offer an opportunity for readers to listen to, experience, and discuss new, contemporary poetry.
The Loom Poetry Series is a Harrisville-based initiative to highlight and celebrate the best in contemporary poetry. They will be presenting these two contemporary poets from our twin state of Vermont.
Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded 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 has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and his work is included in multiple volumes of Best American Poetry. Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.
Didi Jackson’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is the author of Moon Jar (Red Hen Press, 2020) which was a finalist for the Alice James Book Award, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books, and the Autumn House Press first book award. Her chapbook, Slag and Fortune, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly (2013). Currently, she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts, Creative Writing, and African American Poetry at the University of Vermont and serves as the associate poetry editor for Green Mountains Review.
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, author of OPINEL, (Bauhan Publishing) and Girl as Birch, (forthcoming), and founder of The Loom, Poetry in Harrisville, is the moderator of this event. She lives in Marlborough, NH and taught poetry at Tufts University. In 2008 she received an artist’s fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A previous resident at MacDowell, and the Heinrich Boll Cottage in Ireland, in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar, she taught poetry in Hyderabad, India. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals.
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