Alexis Jackson

Alexis Jackson
Office: Founders Hall 172A

Lecturer II

  • • M.F.A., Columbia University, Writing Program (Poetry), 2018
  • • B.A., Messiah College, English (Magna Cum Laude), 2013

Alexis V. Jackson earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2018, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in writing from Messiah College in 2013. While at Messiah College, Jackson studied post-colonial literature/poetry and Shakespeare in Oxford University.

Jackson is in the process of editing her first manuscript that challenges the ways we often think of and categorize “holy text” and the words of Black women.  In this text, June Jordan is placed in conversation with Missy Elliott, Hortense Spillers, and the women in Jackson’s own matrilineal lineage. Influenced by M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong! and Robin Coste Lewis’ Voyage of the Sable Venus, Jackson’s work makes use of found text, explores the concept of planar time/ Black woman omnipresence, and is heavily influenced by her identities as a 90s-raised, darker-skinned, Black woman, Philadelphia native.

She has served as a reader for several publications, including Callaloo & Bomb Magazine, and her interests include the tradition of black woman poets, womanist theology, poetic form, and womanism.

Alexis V. Jackson teaches the course Black Women and Poetic Form: From Wheatley to Beyoncé.