Marcus Jackson’s Neighborhood Register
This episode of Late Night Debut features Marcus Jackson’s collection of poems, Neighborhood Register, published by CavanKerry Press in 2011. Poet Matthew Dickman chose Jackson’s collection as his favorite debut of that year. “These are beautiful poems about places that often see little beauty. No matter where I was when I read Mr. Jackson’s poems I felt I was somewhere important, somewhere honest and celebrated.”
Late Night Library is proud to feature Jackson in a special Cave Canem edition of Late Night Debut. Since 1996 Cave Canem has been a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Guest co-hosts and Cave Canem fellows John Murillo and Camille Rankine come together to discuss Jackson’s compelling debut collection.
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About Marcus Jackson:
Marcus Jackson was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After earning his BA at the University of Toledo, he continued his poetry studies in NYU’s graduate creative writing program and as a Cavem Canem fellow. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Harvard Review, and The Cincinnati Review, among many other publications. His chapbook, Rundown, was published by Aureole Press in 2009. His debut full-length collection of poems, entitledNeighborhood Register, was recently released. Marcus lives with his wife in Nashville and teaches at Middle Tennessee State University.
Click here for our microinterview with Marcus.
About our co-hosts:
John Murillo is a two-time Larry Neal Writers’ Award winner and the inaugural Elma P. Stuckey Visiting Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, and the anthology Writing Self and Community: African-American Poetry After the Civil Rights Movement.
Camille Rankine is the author of Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her poetry has been published in several magazines and journals, including American Poet, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review and POOL: A Journal of Poetry, and was commissioned by the New York Botanical Garden for their Literary Audio Tour.