Poetry Reading: Major Jackson
56 Campus Avenue
The Language Arts Live series of literary readings at Bates College presents Major Jackson reading from his works.
An assistant professor of English at the University of Vermont, Jackson is the author of the collections "Leaving Saturn" (University of Georgia, 2002); "Hoops" (Norton, 2006); and most recently, "Holding Company" (Norton, 2010). He has won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
On March 24 at 7:30 p.m., the series brings Aracelis Girmay, an inheritor of Eritrean, Puerto Rican and African American traditions, to the Bates campus.
Girmay's debut poetry collection, "Teeth," was published by the Curbstone Press in 2007. Her second, "Kingdom Animalia," will be released by BOA Editions this year and has received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, given to a poet with a new book of exceptional merit. She is assistant professor of poetry at Hampshire College, and is on the faculty of Drew University's low-residency M.F.A. program in poetry.
Language Arts Live is sponsored by the English department, the programs in African American and American cultural studies, the Office of Intercultural Education, the Learning Associates Program, the Humanities Fund, the Brandow Family Fund for the Arts and the John Tagliabue Fund.