Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry:
Holding Company (2010, Norton);
Hoops (2006, Norton); and
Leaving Saturn (2002, University of Georgia Press).
Holding Company and
Hoops were both selected as finalists for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry, and
Leaving Saturn, awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He has published poems and essays in
American Poetry Review,
The New Yorker,
Tin House, and in
Best American Poetry (2004, 2011). He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, 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. Jackson has served as a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Adelphi University, a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Sidney Harman Writer in-Residence at Baruch College. He is the Poetry Editor of
The Harvard Review.