April 19, 2013

Poet Angela Jackson reads new and selected works at Logan Center
Musician Theophilus Reed accompanies the poet for final event of inaugural Reva Logan Poetry Series

The Reva Logan Poetry Series presents UChicago alumna and award-winning poet Angela Jackson, MA’95, who will read a selection of poems on May 3 at 6 pm in the Logan Center’s Performance Penthouse. She will be accompanied by musician Theophilus Reed.

Angela Jackson is one of three poets commissioned to create new work as part of the inaugural Reva Logan Poetry Series. Adam Zagajewski and Li-Young Lee, the other two commissioned poets, held previous readings at the Logan Center. Each of the commissioned poems has been presented on an original broadside. Designed by Lynn Sures, the broadside featuring Jackson’s poem will be available in limited quantities, free to attendees, at the reading.

“The inaugural year of the Reva Logan Poetry Series has featured an incredible group of poets with Adam Zagajewski, Li-Young Lee, and now Angela Jackson,” said Leigh Fagin, Assistant Director of Collaborative Programming at the Logan Center. “The three of them represent such a range of voice and perspective, and Angela be mix things up even further by performing with musician Theophilus Reed.”

Angela Jackson is an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist. Her poetry has been honored with the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, the American Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Carl Sandburg Award, the Chicago Sun-Times/Friends of Literature Book of the Year Award among others. Her most recent book of poetry, And All These Roads Be Luminous, has been nominated for the National Book Award. Her novel, Where I Must Go, was awarded an American Book Award.

Theophilus Reed is in residency at the Barbara A. Sizemore Academy and a musical instructor at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Born and raised in Chicago, he has been across the country performing, a career that launched when he toured with Jackson’s Shango Diaspora. From there, Reed went on to be vice president of the of the Black Theatre Alliance of Chicago and directed Melvin Van Peebles' Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death for ETA’s Mainstage Production.

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Presented by the Logan Center, Poem Present, and the Committee on Creative Writing with generous support from the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

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