Naomi Jackson Reading

Washington University in St. Louis:  The MFA Program Spring Reading Series 2019

Naomi Jackson is author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, a novel published by Penguin Press in June 2015. The Star Side of Bird Hill was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and the International Dublin Literary Award. Star Side was named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  Star Side is the winner of Late Night Library's 2016 Debut-litzer Prize. First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray selected the novel for the City's 2016 Gracie Book Club. The book has been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Kirkus Reviews, and Entertainment Weekly, which called Star Sidea gem of a book. Publishers Weekly named Jackson a Writer to Watch.

Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad, including Tin Housebrilliant cornersObsidian, Poets & Writers, and The Caribbean Writer. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Bread Loaf,MacDowell ColonyDjerassi, the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers HouseHedgebrook, and the Camargo Foundation.

Jackson has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, City College of New York,  and Oberlin College. Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents.

The event is free and open to the public.  Copies of Naomi Jackson's books will be available for purchase courtesy of Subterranean Books.


Event date: 
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Washington University
Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge Rm 201
St Louis, MO 63130
The Star Side of Bird Hill: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109167
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Published: Penguin Books - August 23rd, 2016