Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson: A Celebration

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When Angela Jackson was named Illinois Poet Laureate in 2020, she quoted her legendary predecessor Gwendolyn Brooks, saying ‘Poetry is life distilled.” A poet, playwright, and novelist, Jackson’s repertoire—including poetry collections like Pulitzer Prize-nominated It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time and American Book Award-winning novel Where I Must Go—cements her place next to Brooks among Chicago literary giants. Join us for a poetic life distilled: a celebration of Jackson’s remarkable career in one essential afternoon with an amazing line-up of poets reading and performing, emceed by the fabulous poets Parneshia Jones and Avery R. Young.


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