Published on March 10, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Front Gate

Poet Major Jackson will read his work at Samford University March 14 as part of the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE) Visiting Writers Series. The reading, in the Howard Room of University Center, will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude with audience Q&A and a reception.

Jackson’s poetry is filled with dense imagery, sensory experience and geographical movement. His poems often explore the experience of moving through the world as a gendered and racially defined body. In his most recent book of poetry, Roll Deep, his narrators roam the world: a cruise on the Aegean Sea, a walk through his native Philadelphia, a car through war-torn Somalia. In each of his poems, the individual scans the landscapes for signs of a shared humanity and a humanistic tradition that spans history, geography, race and gender. These are compelling and rich poems by a writer who expresses exuberance for what language can do.

BACHE is a partnership among the five four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham area: Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, Samford University, University of Montevallo, and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.