Angela Jackson Named New Illinois Poet Laureate, Just Like Her Mentor Gwendolyn Brooks

Chicagoan Angela Jackson is the fifth poet laureate in Illinois history, flling a position that had been vacant since 2017.

Angela Jackson
Poet Angela Jackson Betty J. Jackson / Courtesy of Northwestern University Press
Angela Jackson
Poet Angela Jackson Betty J. Jackson / Courtesy of Northwestern University Press

Angela Jackson Named New Illinois Poet Laureate, Just Like Her Mentor Gwendolyn Brooks

Chicagoan Angela Jackson is the fifth poet laureate in Illinois history, flling a position that had been vacant since 2017.

If you ask Angela Jackson to describe Chicago, she’d tell you it’s “bodacious and bursting with promises.” That’s how she paints the city in Giving Thanks, her first poem as the new Illinois poet laureate.

Reset talks to the acclaimed poet, author and playwright about her future plans and how her upbringing on the city’s South Side influenced her writing and worldview.

GUEST: Angela Jackson, Illinois poet laureate