JACKSON

NEAL

Poet.

Artist.

Storyteller.

Jackson Neal (He/They) is a queer poet, teacher, and writer from Houston, Texas. They are the 2019 Houston Youth Poet Laureate and a National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. They are currently pursing a BFA in Creative Writing and Dance at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where they attend as a First Wave scholar. Neal writes about queer intimacy, kink, climate change, and the poetics of the body. Through language, through movement, through the insatiable need to create, Neal is carving a path between this world and the worlds we feel but do not see. They create for queer people, for those who have too much light inside them. Neal's art is made always with the belief that we cannot live a better life if we do not first imagine it. They are a Scorpio sun, Aries rising, Aries moon.

 
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"I am trying to unlearn shame. I am trying to be as lovely as the errant doves that fly from every city God has ever burned. I am trying to be unclean, unclean. A mouth full of ash, a fist full of hair, a river shallow without its dead."

 
 
 

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