Major Jackson is the author of four books of poetry including Roll Deep, Holding Company, Hoops and Leaving Saturn, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. 

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and a creative arts fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, and been included in several volumes of Best American Poetry. Major Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vermont, where he is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.