Four guest authors will be featured in public events as part of Salve Regina University’s exclusive creative writing degree program, The Newport MFA. While on campus, each author will host a public reading from their best-selling works. In addition, for the first time, Salve will make public two Craft Talks (lectures on writing technique) normally reserved for MFA students only. Major Jackson is the author of four books of poetry, including "Roll Deep," "Holding Company," "Hoops" and "Leaving Saturn," which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont, and serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.