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Poet Major Jackson to Give Reading at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will present a free public reading by poet Major Jackson on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

“Publishers Weekly” wrote that the poems in “Holding Company,” Jackson’s latest collection, “range widely across various registers and subjects, from the timeless and mythic to pop culture… But at the core of all of them is an awareness of the dark beneath everyday goings-on.”

Jackson’s previous poetry collections include “Leaving Saturn,” which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Hoops,” which was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He is the recipient of 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.

Currently the poetry editor of the “Harvard Review,” Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He has previously served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Jack Wang, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-3493 or