Kara Jackson, the Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate who was named National Youth Poet Laureate earlier this year, now has a book of poems out titled Bloodstone Cowboy.

According to a summary by publisher Haymarket Books, Bloodstone is “a reclamation of her lineage, an affirmation of self.” The poems draw on “the rich traditions of Lucille Clifton and Sharon Olds” and “proudly claims the inheritance of her family’s Southern roots, while carving out space for Jackson to exist fully without shame. As she writes, “when the day calls I will answer to my name/claim it.” 

You can claim your own signed copy of Bloodstone Cowboy at The Book Table, 1045 Lake St. 

Michael Romain 

Oak Park youth poets honored

Six Oak Park poets were recognized for their work this month by the 2019 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards. 

The competition, sponsored by Illinois Humanities and the Poetry Foundation, honored students kindergarten through 12th grade throughout the state. 

Third-grade Oak Parker Tessa Pruden, a student at The Children’s School won for her poem titled “Storm.” And Oak Park and River Forest High School Senior Ruby Davis was a winner for her poem “Bug camp. Age Twelve. Mississippi: The Killing Jar”.

Four students received honorable mention for their poems. Those students include: Olivier Axelrad, a third grader at The Children’s School, for the poem “The Commercials”; Micah Daniels, an OPRF High School junior, for the poem “Bathing in Alabaster Oceans; and OPRF High School seniors Morgan Vornado and Corina Robinson for their poems “Morg-man” and “All Girls Want to be Pandas,” respectively.

Timothy Inklebarger

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