Reuben Jackson was invited as an original member of the Composers Librettists workshop in 1994 that became Alliance for New Music-Theatre. As a writer, he worked on the creative teams with the 5 original composers and singer-actors in the workshop ensemble.
Reuben’s first book of poems, fingering the keys, won the 1992 Columbia Book Award.
Currently an archivist with the University of the District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, his love of jazz has been lifelong. He was the host of Vermont Public Radio’s Friday Night Jazz from 2012 until April 2018.
For twenty years before that, he was curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
His music reviews and criticism have appeared in Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz,
The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, All About Jazz, and NPR’s All Thins Considered.
He is also a gifted teacher and committed to “passing it on” to young people. He has taught poetry at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and taught High School in Burlington, Vermont.
His book of poems entitled Scattered Clouds will be published in October 2019 by Alan Squire Press.