Poet Major Jackson (writing Fellow 2000-2001) has been elected the new Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center's Writing Committee

We are proud to announce that poet Major Jackson (writing Fellow 2000-2001) has been elected the new Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center's Writing Committee, which has overseen all aspects of the Writing Fellowship program since 1969.

Major is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (W.W. Norton, 2010) and Hoops (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle.  He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.  Major is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.  He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.  

 

 Major succeeds Roger Skillings (writing Fellow 1969-1970, 1970-1971).   A member of the very first group of Writing Fellows in 1969, Roger has been the Work Center's stalwart supporter for 46 years, including a long tenure as Chair of the Writing Committee; Roger will remain a member of the Writing Committee, where we will continue to benefit from his erudition, discernment, and friendship.  Roger is the author of several novels and story collections, including Ptown Stories or the Meatrack, How Many Die, Obsidian, Where The Time Goes, and Alternative Lives, and the poetry collection A Memory for Marisa Rose.  His new collection, Summer Nights, is forthcoming this year.