Ashaki M. Jackson

Ashaki M. Jackson is the author of two chapter-length books – Surveillance (Writ Large Press, 2016) and Language Lesson (Miel, 2016). As part of Los Angeles’s literary community, she has served in mentor and administrative capacities with WriteGirl, 826LA, and PEN America. You can read her work in Prairie Schooner, Obsidian, 7x7 LA, Midnight Breakfast, and Faultline (UCLA) among other publications. Jackson is a Cave Canem alumna who earned a MFA (creative writing) from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Ph.D. (psychology) from Claremont Graduate University.

Q&A with Ama Codjoe, Author of The Bluest Nude

Suffering is non-negotiable, and I am grateful for how poem-making helps me live with and through what is painful and cherish what is joyful. With all of this in mind, I aim to craft poems that have blood in them, that give something to the reader.