Merilyn Jackson, a dance critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pointe and Dance Magazine, also writes about food and Eastern European literature.
She was awarded an NEA Critics Fellowship in 2005 and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1999 for her novel-in-progress, O Solitary Host. A chapter of that novel, â€œA Sow of Violence,â€ appeared in the Massachusetts Review in the Fall 2004 "Food Matters" issue.
In 2012 several of her poems were published in Exquisite Corpse, The Rusty Nail and Broad Street Review, and she attended poetry workshops at Colgate University and Sarah Lawrence College, working with poets Peter Balakian and Tom Lux, respectively.
She likes to say that dance was her first love, but when she discovered writing she began to cheat on dance. Now that she writes about dance, she's made an honest woman of herself, although, she also writes poetry.