The Slowdown with Major Jackson

Saturday, October 14, 2023
Progress Center, All Day

Join APM Studios’ The Slowdown, a daily poetry podcast hosted by Major Jackson, for a special Twin Cities Book Festival installment!  Major will be connecting with TCBF attendees to hear about poems in their lives that follow the ethos of the podcast. What favorite poems do you carry with you?  What words help you reflect on today, days past, and the confounding yet beautiful world we inhabit?  Come lend your voice — you might be recorded for a future episode of the podcast!

About the Slowdown

Poetry offers countless pathways to feel and understand our common journey. In sharing poems, we take a moment to pause and acknowledge the world’s magnitude, and how poets illuminate that mystery. Join Major Jackson for a poem and a moment of reflection in one short episode, every weekday, on The Slowdown. Produced by APM Studios in partnership with The Poetry Foundation and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Host

Major Jackson is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Razzle Dazzle: New & Selected Poems (Norton). His debut Leaving Saturn (2002) won a Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems, and his edited volumes include Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. He is also the author of A Beat Beyond: The Selected Prose of Major Jackson. Jackson is a recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. His poems and essays have been published in American Poetry ReviewThe New YorkerOrion MagazineParis Review, and many other distinguished journals, and he serves as Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.