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Author Series: Reuben Jackson
April 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Scattered Clouds is a volume of lyrical, emotionally forthright meditations on love, loss, and longing. The volume contains the complete text of the author’s award-winning first collection, fingering the keys; his nationally lauded poem, “For Trayvon Martin”; and his suite of ruminations on a long-time and deeply missed friend, the late barbershop owner Amir Yasin, and his widow Khadijah Rollins. These poems, exploring Amir’s late-life romance with Kadijah, became a national internet sensation.
Reuben Jackson is the Archivist with the University of The District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. He is the author of two volumes of poetry- Fingering the keys (Gut Punch Press-1991) and Scattered Clouds (Alan Squire Publishing, 2019 ). His poems have been included in over 40 anthologies. Reuben’s music reviews and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Jazz Times, Downbeat, Washington City Paper, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. From 2000 until 2004, he was an after-school poetry instructor at Garnet-Patterson Middle School in Washington, DC. From 2012 to 2018, he was host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio. Reuben currently co-hosts The Sound of Surprise with Larry Applebaum on WPFW-FM in Washington, DC.