Discipline: Literature – fiction

Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Sandra Jackson-Opoku is the author of the award-winning novel The River Where Blood is Born, and Hot Johnny (and the Women Who Loved Him), an Essence Magazine bestseller in hardcover fiction. She also co-edited the anthology Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks.

Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and dramatic works are widely published and produced, appearing in eMerge Magazine, Both Sides: Stories from the Border, the Anthology of Appalachian Heritage, storySouth, Another Chicago Magazine, New Daughters of Africa, Ms. Magazine, Ocotillo Review, Obsidian, and others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction.

At MacDowell, Jackson-Opoku revised a historical novel that explores centuries-long connections between China and people of African descent.



Sandra Jackson-Opoku worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers working in several disciplines. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field…

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