Dr.  Ashaki Jackson

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Loss, which is central to my poetry, facilitates my exploration of closeness to my grandmother, law and social perceptions ofBlackness. As an applied psychologist, I examine attribution – how individuals assign causality and create narratives to make sense of what is seen. At the intersection of my interests is a struggle between the feeling of experienced loss and the narratives that witnesses create about that loss. My work builds on that conflict challenging notions that loss of Black life is without tenderness and politics.

Emotional and exquisite. —The Fem Lit Mag

While death is obviously a universal experience, reading  Language Lesson in the context of  Surveillance—and the continuing police murders of black people—one is struck by the centuries of racial inequities that have prevented (and keep preventing) so many from dying peacefully in the manner of their own choosing. — The Rumpus


Ashaki M. Jackson, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, program evaluator and poet. She has worked with youth moving through the juvenile justice system through research, evaluation and creative arts mentoring for one decade. Her work has appeared in CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. Writ Large Press published her chapbook, Surveillance, in March 2016, and a second chapbook, Language Lesson, was published by MIEL, August 2016. Jackson is also co-founder of Women Who Submit, a community that supports women in submitting their literary works to top tier journals. She earned her MFA (poetry) from Antioch University Los Angeles and her doctorate (social psychology) from Claremont Graduate University. Ashaki Jackson lives in Los Angeles.

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Surveillance is an examination of videos capturing police killing civilians and the public's consumption of these videos. Through a philanthropic partnership with Writ Large Press, 100% of the proceeds of Surveillance benefit Black Youth Project 100, Say Her Name, Black Lives Matter and Native Lives Matter. 

Surveillance stretches the far-reaching arms of community to tap into a universal empathy. — New  Books Network