Angela Jackson, award winning poet, playwright and novelist, is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize for poetry, and the American Book Award for her debut novel Where I Must Go. Its sequel was awarded the John Gardner Fiction Prize. Jackson is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for Fiction, and Illinois Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships for Fiction and Play Writing. In 2017 Beacon Press published A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks. In 2019 Northwestern University Press published her play, Comfort Stew. These poems are from a forthcoming volume, More Than Meat and Raiment. Jackson lives in Chicago.