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Meet Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson

Wed, May 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmZoom

Join us for a special event on Wednesday, May 4 at 3 pm as award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, and Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson delivers powerful poetry readings and conversations with the ICC community. This is a virtual event hosted on Zoom, and open to the public.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected to serve as Illinois Poet Laureate,” said Angela Jackson. “Legendary Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks said, ‘Poetry is life distilled.’  I hope to bring to Illinoisans poetry that they can relate to, be lifted by, and find their lives illuminated in. Poems bring us to ourselves and poems bring us together.”

Jackson’s novels and plays are widely recognized as she has received two American Book Awards; the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America; a Pushcart Prize; the Illinois Center for the Book Heritage Award; the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Fuller Award; and the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent from Chicago State University.

Ms. Jackson is a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and is the author of Voo Doo/Love Magic (1974); Witness! (1978); Shango Diaspora: An African American Myth of Womanhood and Love (1980); Solo in the Boxcar Third Floor E (1985); Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners (1993); And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (1998); Where I Must Go (2009); It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time (2015); Roads, Where There Are No Roads (2017); A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks (2017); Comfort Stew (2019). Jackson’s next book, More Than Meat and Raiment, is scheduled to be published in 2022.

Read more about the Illinois Poet Laureate.

Open to ICC Community, Wednesday, May 4th at 3pm
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