Sandra Jackson-Opoku

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General Information

Name: Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction, Poetry

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois




Illinois Connection

Jackson-Opoku was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Columbia College in Chicago for three years, majoring in Journalism.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sandra Jackson-Opoku is an award-winning poet, journalist and novelist. She has authored two novels and edited Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks with Illinois author, Quraysh Ali Lansana. Her fiction, poetry, articles, essays, and scripts have appeared in Essence Magazine, Los Angeles Times Travel Section, Ms. Magazine, The Literary Traveler, Islands Magazine, and others.

Her work has earned awards like the SCBWI Kimberly Colen Award for New Children’s Writing, an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative Writers, the National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, an Africa Writers Fellowship from the Ragsdale Foundation, a CCLM/General Electric Fiction Award for Younger Writers, and an Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award. Her first novel, The River Where Blood is Born, earned the American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Best Fiction and second novel, Hot Johnny and the Women Who Loved Him, was an Essence Magazine bestseller.

Jackson-Opoku also teaches literature and creative writing at schools, universities, workshops, and youth programs around the world. She has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, and the Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago. She currently teaches in the English Department at Chicago State University where she serves as Fiction Coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

Published Works

  • The River Where Blood is Born, One World/Ballentine, 1997
  • Hot Johnny and The Women Who Loved Him, One World/Ballentine, 2001
  • Sea Island Summer, One World/Ballentine, 2001

Titles at Your Library

The River Where Blood Is Born (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

ISBN: 034542476X
Release Date: 1998-08-18

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Hot Johnny (and the Women Who Loved Him)

ISBN: 0345435087
Release Date: 2002-01-02

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Sea Island Summer

ISBN: 0786804319
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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Literary Awards

The River Where Blood is Born

  • Black Caucus Award for Best Fiction, American Library Association, 1998

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Information:

Shena Patel c/o One World/Ballentine

201 East 50th Street

New York, New York 10022


External Links

Sandra Jackson-Opoku on WorldCat


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