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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sandra Jackson-Opoku  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

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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, fiction writer, screenwriter, and journalist who writes frequently on culture and travel in the African diaspora.


'The River Where Blood is Born '

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

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Hot Johnny (and the women who loved him) /
ISBN: 0345435087. OCLC Number: 48843033

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The river where blood is born /
ISBN: 034542476X. OCLC Number: 39852954

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A delicate tapestry unfolds within these pages, a story stitched together with the threads of Ananse, the spider of African myth, and the wisdom of the ancestors.