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Rachel Jackson

Pen Name: Raych Jackson

Connection to Illinois: Jackson lives in Chicago.

Biography: Rachel 'Raych' Jackson is a writer, educator and performer. While teaching in Chicago Public Schools for five years, she competed on numerous national poetry teams and individual competitions. She is the 2017 NUPIC Champion and a 2017 Pink Door fellow. Rachel recently voiced 'DJ Raych' in the game Mad Verse City. In October 2018 her latest play, Emotions and Bots, premiered at the Woerdz Festival in Lucerne Switzerland. She co-created the monthly poetry show Big Kid Slam. Rachel's work has been published by many-- including Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, and 29Rooms through Refinery29.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Even the Saints Audition
ISBN: 194373562X OCLC: 1091363675

Button Poetry 2019

Even the Saints Audition is a book of poems exploring the relationship between blackness, shame, and what it is to live a life tied to the church. Rich with historical context and a deeply engaging personal narrative. Includes poems such as Period Rules, A Wasted Ass Shave, and I Ask What 'Circumcision' Means in a Full Sunday School Class that have been watched by millions online.--Amazon.