Gary Jackson

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing

Address: 5 College Way, Room 402
Office Hours: Mon: 10:00am-12:00pm, Tue/Thu: 1:30-3:00pm, or by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5650

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, Crab Orchard Review, and he’s been published in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology. He was featured in the 2013 New American Poetry Series by the Poetry Society of America and is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2013, currently teaches in the MFA program as well as undergraduate creative writing, and is the associate poetry editor at Crazyhorse.

 You can view some of his work here:

Academy of American Poets

Poetry Society of America


Bennington Review

Waxwing literary journal

Memorious: a Journal of New Verse and Fiction

Graywolf Press


M.F.A., Creative Writing/Poetry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM

B.A., English, Washburn University, Topeka, KS

Research Interests

  • Poetry
  • African American Literature & Poetry
  • Poetics
  • Comics & graphic novels

Courses Taught

ENGL 568: Reading for Writers

ENGL 564: MFA Workshop in Poetry

ENGL 402: Advanced Workshop in Poetry Writing

ENGL 395: Special Topics (Poetry)

ENGL 377: Poetry Writing II

ENGL 375: Studies in Creative Writing

ENGL 220: Poetry Writing I

ENGL 110: Intro to Academic Writing



Missing You, Metropolis. Published by Graywolf Press, Oct. 2010. Fourth printing as of 2017.


Contributor to Renga for Obama (chapbook). Edited by Major Jackson. Published by Harvard Review, 2017.

“Luke Cage Tells It Like It is.” The Seagull Reader: Poems. Edited by Joseph Kelly. Published by W.W. Norton, 2015.

“Things My Father Said” (short story). Roadside Curiosities: Stories About American Pop Culture. Edited by Shannon Cain. Published by Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2014.

“Astro Boy Blues.” Multiverse! An Anthology of Superhero Poetry of Superhuman Proportions. Edited by Rob Sturma and Ryk Mcintyre. Published by Write Bloody Publishing, 2014.

 “Superia’s Swan Song,” “Old Lions,” and “Luke Cage Tells It Like It Is.” Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books. Edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson. Published by Minor Arcana Press, Spring 2014.

 “Persons of Mass Destruction” (comic book). Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities). Edited by Keith Chow, et al. Published by The New Press, November 2012.

 Afterword and “Elegy for Gwen Stacy.” Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man.  Edited by Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner. Published by McFarland Publishing, May 2012.

 Recent Poems

 “Interview featuring korea & lilt perms.” Third Coast. 2019.

 “The Telepath Quits Her Day Job.” Copper Nickel. 2019.

 “Saudade.” Obsidian Literary Journal 43.2, Spring 2018.

 “my father raises his shirt,” “reunion.” Memorious #28, November 2017.

 “Fly” Academy of American Poets: Poem-A-Day, Nov. 3 2017.

“Tryouts.” Motionpoems Season 7, (animated poem), Fall 2017.

“[Banana-less, my lover returns home],” “Creature,” “튀기 (Twigi),” “Seoul,” and interview. Connotation Press: A Poetry Congeries, July 2017.

 “You Can’t Write Poetry About Things That Happened a Week Ago.” Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance, and Solidarity, June 2017.

“holoprosencephaly (hŏl'ō-prŏs'ěn-sěf'ə-lē),” Bennington Review Issue #3, Summer 2017.

 “Renga for Obama” (contributor). Harvard Review Online, April 20, 2017.

 “Kansas” Academy of American Poets: Poem-A-Day, 2016.

 “Alexandria,” “Twigi,” “Ode working twice as hard for fathers and jonnie walker,” “Letters to her Daughters: Dear Kimberly, (1962).” Waxwing Literary Journal VIII, Spring 2016.

 “Edith Keeler Must Die!” “Star Trek VI.” Lumina XV, Spring 2016.

 “Goliath.” Indiana Review vol 37.2, Winter 2015.

 “Run.” Prairie Schooner vol 89.4, Winter 2015.