Jackie Parker is an award winning poet and fiction writer who teaches writing workshops nation-wide as a vehicle for well being. Workshop participants range from writers, artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, physicians and therapists, to people undergoing life-transitions, and those seeking to find deeper connections with themselves and with others. Among others, Jackie has developed courses for UCLA’s Arts and Healing program, The Counseling Center of West Los Angeles, The Wellness Community Santa Monica, Melrose Gardens, and USC’s Department of Work and Family. For businesses, she has taught workplace stress reduction and trained workshop leaders in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles where she also coaches writers of fiction and poetry.
A sought after conference speaker, her presentations include the Los Angeles Public Schools Best Practices Conference, Story As Inspiration, Creativity and Hope; National Association for Poetry, Therapy Being Silent Being Slow; California Association of Private Schools, Every Child Can Write Well and Las Virgenes Public Schools New Approaches to the Teaching of Writing.
Born in New York City, she attended the City University of New York where she received a BA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry. She was a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellow and was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in Fiction, a Williams Carlos Williams Memorial Poetry Fellowship Prize, and was an Amgen Nominee for Excellence in Teaching. For 16 years in her early career, she taught literature and writing in high school, mentored student teachers from Pepperdine & Cal State Northridge, taught college composition and creative writing at Montclair State University and Bergen Community College and the New Jersey Poets-in-the-Schools program.
Jackie resides in Los Angeles where, in addition to writing workshops, she teaches Kundalini Yoga Meditation.
Jackie’s published work is accomplished and diverse.
Our Lady of Infidelity, a forthcoming novel
Love Letters to My Fans, young adult novel (Bantam) 100,000 copies sold
Essays in Love Mom/Love Dad: An Anthology on Parenting
Poems in Thirteenth Moon, City Magazine, William Carlos Williams Memorial Journal et al.