A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, & photographer currently attending New York University's Graduate Film Program. In her work, gray areas of life are often detailed. She is particularly interested in stories which add texture to the pivotal experience of coming-of-age and/or into one's sexuality - as well as the body's relationship to nature.
A 2018 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow, her debut feature, all dirt roads taste of salt, currently in development and winner of a prestigious SFFILM Rainin Screenwriting Grant, lyrically explores the life of a Black woman in the American South. Her latest short film, Nettles, winner of an inaugural Flies Collective Film Grant, recently had its International Premiere at the 66th edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, CALYX, Kweli, Phantom Limb, PANK, and elsewhere. Her chapbook of poetry, little violences, is available from Cutbank Literary Magazine. Raven is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate of the New School's Writing Program.