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Join Major Jackson and Aria Aber for a Slowdown virtual event!

Entry is free, register now!

We hope you’ll join us on Zoom on Wednesday, March 29, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT for conversation, poems, and reflection with our host Major Jackson and guest poet Aria Aber. This is a free virtual event for listeners of The Slowdown. Followed by a live Q&A. Reserve your spot now!


If you are unable to attend live, please still register to receive access to a recording of the event.

Major Jackson » Host, The Slowdown
Jackson is the author of six books of poetry, including Razzle Dazzle: New & Selected Poems (2023), The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006), and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won a Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. He is also the author of A Beat Beyond: The Selected Prose of Major Jackson edited by Amor Kohli. Jackson is a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress.

Aria Aber
Aria Aber was raised in Germany. Her debut book Hard Damage won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in September 2019. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, The Yale Review and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is currently pursuing a PhD at USC and lives in Los Angeles.