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March 28, 2024 41 mins

On the 3/27/24 edition of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour:


Anthony Xavier Jackson discusses his time in the Baptist church and his love of music, which inspired his poetic journey. Jackson began writing without knowing academia was there, mostly taught by culture and upbringing instead. He found that poetry served as a medicine that assuaged the challenges he faced in life, such as homelessness and addiction. Jackson also shared his dedication to writing poetry as a Black man in a culture and community that fosters writing. He then reads a poem about time spent with his dying father.


Anthony Xavier Jackson is a self-taught poet and musician who has been creating songs, poems, and albums of spoken word for several years. Relatively new to the Sacramento poetry scene, Anthony has been featured multiple times at Luna’s Cafe, as well as Sacramento Poetry Center. Anthony has been recently published in Tule Review 2023 and has plans to begin self-publishing his poetry via Amazon self-publishing. Anthony’s influences include Nikki Giovanni, Octavia Butler, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Edward Ka-Spel, and a variety of writers from all genres and eras, including Sappho. Anthony reads his work Thursdays at The Silver Lining piano bar in Sacrameto, and will be joining in Dr Andy’s Poetry Night on future Thursdays. Having written about addiction, trauma, and homelessness, Anthony is actively involved in recovery and works as a certified substance abuse counselor. Anthony also dabbles on speculative sci-fi themes, as well as about spirituality, race, culture, LGBTQ themes and history.  As he says, “To me the most revolutionary act is self love.”


The Poetry Night Reading Series is excited to feature Davis Poet Laureate Julia B. Levine and Rebecca Foust at 7 PM on Thursday, April 4th, 2024, on the roof of the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street in Davis. Please dress warmly.

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