Angela Jackson was a poet and novelist, she is best known for her writing VooDoo/Love Magic (1974), All These Roads Be Luminous: Selected Poems (1991), The Greenville Club (1977), Solo in the Boxcar Third Floor E (1985), and The Man With the White Liver (1985).
Jackson was born on July 25, 1951, in Greenville, Mississippi to father, George Jackson, Sr. and mother, Angeline Robinson Jackson. The family moved to Chicago where Jackson attended St. Anne’s Catholic School.
From a very young age, Jackson was fascinated with books. She frequented the Kelly Branch Library and admired Chicago’s, Gwendolyn Brooks. She graduated from Loretto Academy in 1968 with a pre-med scholarship to Northwestern University. In 1977, Jackson received her B.A. degree from Northwestern University and went on to earn her M.A. degree from the University of Chicago.
While attended Northwestern University, Jackson was influenced by artist Jeff Donaldson and visiting poet Margaret Walker. She was invited by Johnson Publishing’s Black World magazine editor, Hoyt W. Fuller, to join the Organization for Black American Culture (OBAC), where she stayed as a member for twenty years.
For her literary talent, Jackson received numerous awards. Those awards included: the Edwin Schulman Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Award, Conrad Kent Rivers Memorial Award, the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award, and the Hoyt Fuller Award for Literary Excellence.
Jackson was selected to represent the United States at the second World Festival of Black and African Art and Culture in 1977. In 1978, she received the National Endowment for the Arts in Creative Writing. The Illinois State Council also awarded Jackson with a Creative Writing Fellowship.