Vermont poet Major Jackson has a big impact on the local and national poetry community. He has three current poetry collections (a fourth will be published in Summer 2015). Holding Company and Hoops were both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry. Leaving Saturn won the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He currently serves as the Poetry Editor for the Harvard Review. He is a professor at the University of Vermont and is currently chair of the Board of the Vermont Humanities Council.
Major Jackson participates regularly in poetry and literature events throughout Vermont. Most recently, he kicked off the 2015 Poem City celebration in Montpelier. The Montpelier Bridge wrote this feature article on Major Jackson ahead of the Poem City launch. A DVD copy of the opening event is available at Kellogg-Hubbard library.
Jackson is also one of the featured poets in the Sundog Poetry Center's Poets and Their Craft lecture series. This series pairs Vermont poets with independent bookstores throughout the state to talk about the craft of poetry. The lectures will be collected in a book for publication. Bear Pond is excited to be hosting Major Jackson as part of this series on August 27th, soon after the publication of Roll Deep, his fourth collection. The subject of his talk will be "The Music Inside Lyric Poetry."