Naomi Jackson is author of The Star Side of Bird Hill which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Debut Fiction and long-listed for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. It was named an Honor Book for Fiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and selected for the American Booksellers Association’s Indies Introduce and Indies Next List programs. The book has been widely reviews by The New York Times and others. Publishers Weekly named Jackson a “Writer to Watch.”
Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell Colony, Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, and the Camargo and Point Foundations.
She began an appointment as Visiting Writer at Amherst College in fall 2016, and lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised by West Indian parents.
Learn more at Naomi Jackson’s official website