A. Naomi Jackson was the 2013–2014 ArtsEdge Resident at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Schultz Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction to complete her first novel, Star Side of Bird Hill. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. She is a graduate of Williams College, and her work has appeared in brilliant corners, The Encyclopedia Project, The Caribbean Writer, and Sable. Her short story “Ladies” was the winner of the 2012 BLOOM chapbook contest. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center and received the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She cofounded the Tongues Afire creative writing workshop at the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn in 2006.
Photo by Lola Flash.