Naomi Jackson, "The Star Side of Bird Hill" 6-29-2015

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2015: Naomi Jackson

Guest host Clarence Reynolds talks with author Naomi Jackson about her debut novel “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” a coming-of-age story about two young sisters from Brooklyn, New York, who are sent to live with their grandmother in Barbados. During the conversation, Reynolds and Jackson discuss her journey as a writer, characters in her story-telling, and stories reflected in today’s fiction.

Naomi Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents. Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, published by The Penguin Press in June 2015. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies and fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Camargo and Point Foundations.

 

Archives: Clarence Reynolds talks with author Naomi Jackson regarding her debut novel “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” a coming-of-age story about two young sisters from Brooklyn, NY, sent to live with their grandmother in Barbados. During the conversation, Reynolds and Jackson discuss her journey as a writer, and discuss her writing process.

Listen to the interview.