Next Stage Arts Project continues its literary series, Next Stage Speaks, on Sunday, May 28 at 7PM with Major Jackson, hosted by poet Chard DeNiord. There is a suggested donation at the door of $10.
Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep (2015, Norton); Holding Company (2010, Norton); Hoops (2006, Norton); and Leaving Saturn (2002, University of Georgia Press). Holding Company and Hoops were both selected as finalists for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry; and Leaving Saturn, awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and in Best American Poetry. A recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, he has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.
He is a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.
Didi Jackson‘s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, The Common, Water~Stone Review, and Passages North, among other publications. Her chapbook Slag and Fortune was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly in 2013. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where she teaches Poetry and the Visual Arts and Creative Writing at the University of Vermont.
The Next Stage Speaks format includes poet Chard DeNiord conducting an interview with the featured guest about their career and recent works. The interview is followed by a reading, then followed by a Q&A.
Chard deNiord is the author of four books of poems, The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which was named one of the ten best books of poetry in 2011 by the Boston Globe, Night Mowing (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). He is also the author of a book of interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Ruth Stone, Jack Gilbert, Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on Contemporary American Poetry (Marick Press, 2011). His fifth book of poems, Interstate, is scheduled to appear from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2015. A co-founder of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry, he works as a Professor of English at Providence College and lives Westminster West.