2016 Button Poetry Exploding Pinecone Chapbook Contest Semifinalist (for Holy Smokes)

2016 National Poetry Series Finalist (for Atrophy)

Truman Capote Fellowship (Iowa Writers’ Workshop)

2014 – 2015 Beau J. Boudreaux Fellowship for Poetry University of Southern California)

Winner of Tebot Bach’s 2014 Clockwise Chapbook Competition (for Pocket Full of Glass)

Finalist in Split Lip Press’s Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest


Admittance to the 2014 Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop

2013 – 2014 Mark Greenberg Fellowship in Poetry

Semifinalist in JMWW’s Inaugural Chapbook Competition

2013 Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award

  • Abstract: “In 20 thematically-related poems in his collection, When Breathing Stops, Jackson Burgess uses free verse to articulate his experience of memory, empathy, detachment, depression, loneliness, and literature. Jackson draws on his personal struggle with bipolar disorder, his separation from the Mormon Church, and life in South Los Angeles, to “put into words the feelings and experiences that have been most powerful, private, and often painful in [his] life,” producing poems that, while troubling at times, are also powerful, cohesive, and well crafted. The slicing of an onion on a cutting board prefigures the failure of a relationship; a walk through MacArthur Park finds the human heart in a pile of waste under a page of newspaper. In the estimation of his faculty sponsor [Mark Irwin], Jackson’s work places him among ‘the most talented undergraduate poets that I have worked with in 25 years of teaching.'”

Admittance to USC’s Poet in Paris program

USC Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014)

Invitation to read poems at the Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research



2014 Edward W. Moses Creative Writing Undergraduate Competiton (2nd place)

2013 Edward W. Moses Creative Writing Undergraduate Competition (3rd place)



2014 Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics Grant

2013 Gold Line Press Summer Award