Kara Jackson

Commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in 2016 and 2017, 18-year-old Kara Jackson is the Youth Poet Laureate of the USA and the Youth Poet Laureate of Chicago.  She won the literary award at the 2018 Louder Than a Bomb finals selected by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Patricia Smith.  Kara was a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adroit Magazine Mentorship Program; was selected three times to the extremely competitive Louder Than a Bomb “Bomb Squad”; won the Brown University Book Award; and is a multiple awardee of the Scholastic Arts and Writing Award.  She was a semi-finalist in Nimrod International Journal’s Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry and was selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess as runner-up in the Frontier Poetry’s Award for New Poets.  It should be noted that Kara competed against adults in both of these latter competitions.  Kara just had an essay published in Poetry magazine making her one of the youngest prose writers in the 106-year-history of the prestigious journal. This essay was republished in The Poetry Review and you can read it here. Kara also wrote and judged August challenge #4 on Young Poets Network in 2019, challenging young poets to explore the poetics of interrogation.