Black Excellence: Kara Jackson

Kara Jackson is from Oak Park, Illinois and attended Oak Park River Forest High School, where she participated in spoken word.[1][2][3] Jackson also participated in a jazz ensemble at Merit School of Music, and was the Youth Poet Laureate of Chicago in 2018.[4][5][6] She performed at the Louder Than a Bomb 2018 finals and was selected by Patricia Smith for the Literary Award.[4][5][7] In 2019, she was named the United States National Youth Poet Laureate from after submitting an essay on poetry and democracy.[8][9][10] In the same year, she published a chapbook of poetry, Bloodstone Cowboy.[11][12] She studied English at Smith College, graduating in 2023.[13][14] Her work has appeared in Poetry, Frontier Poetry, Rookie Mag, Nimrod Literary Journal, The Lily, and Saint Heron.[15]