The Drexel Writing Festival will also mark the arrival of Major Jackson, an esteemed Philadelphia poet coming to campus as the first visiting writer of Writers Room, a College of Arts and Sciences initiative in which Drexel students and their neighbors from Mantua and Powelton Village come together to write, read, and share their work at the University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. Besides holding a public poetry reading for the Drexel Writing Festival, Jackson will also visit and hold one-on-one sessions with students and community members in a side-by-side Drexel English class, as well as meet with young writers in the West Philadelphia Mighty Writers after-school program.
“Major Jackson was absolutely the right person to launch this series at Writers Room,” said Rachel Wenrick, an associate teaching professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. “He’s a great example of an incredible artist who proves you can be who you are and go anywhere. We’re happy to bring him not just our campus, but to our neighborhood.”