Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #5


The fifth poem in this series—and my third and final poem published in Global Poemic—is “Brood X Symphony (The 17-Year Cicadas)” [https://globalpoemic.wordpress.com/2021/07/12/brood-x-symphony-the-17-year-cicadas/]. It appeared on July 12, 2021, during the Covid pandemic, but its subject was a different scourge I was facing that summer: the dreaded 17-year cicadas! In my lifetime, I had already encountered … More Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #5

Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #3


My third published poem is titled “I Don’t Want to Play The “Capitol” Edition of Clue™”. It appeared on January 25, 2021, in the online journal Oddball Magazine [https://oddballmagazine.com/poem-by-jackie- oldham-2], 19 days after the January 6th Insurrection in Washington, D.C. Like many of you, I watched the Insurrection unfold on live television, and it took … More Fall 2022 Poetry Reading Series, #3

October Surprises


Autumn is my favorite season, and October is my favorite month(!), most likely because they’re the season and month of my birth. For much of my life, October was a banner month for birthdays in my family: my Aunt Elnora (October 4th), my little brother David (October 6th), my Great-Uncle Sonny (October 9th), his sister … More October Surprises

Published Works by Jackie Oldham – UPDATED


Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the original post. The following updates have been made to the format: Order of entries changed to descending order – latest publication first. Full links provided for each publication. (“Short” links, which seem to be preferred by some platforms, do not always work.) Updates to the list … More Published Works by Jackie Oldham – UPDATED

ANNOUNCEMENT: National Mental Health Awareness Month Poetry Reading NOT ALL SCARS CAN BE SEEN


I am excited to announce that I will be reading poems and discussing Mental Health awareness at this important event, on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 8:00pm EDT, along with the following poets: Christina Bejan, Brian Donnell James, Hilton Lewis, Bypo Phoenix, and Monique Pickens. As a person who has lived and thrived with both … More ANNOUNCEMENT: National Mental Health Awareness Month Poetry Reading NOT ALL SCARS CAN BE SEEN

ANNOUNCEMENT: Poetry Reading – February 10, 2021, 8pm


I’m excited to announce my first Poetry Reading of 2021! Thanks to Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Host and Producer of the Quintessential Listening: Poetry Podcast, and Founder and Executive Director of the DC Poetry Project, Inc., for inviting me back for my third appearance on the program. I’ll post a reminder as we get closer … More ANNOUNCEMENT: Poetry Reading – February 10, 2021, 8pm

baltimoreblackwoman Celebrates 6th Anniversary!


On December 27, 2014, baltimoreblackwoman.com was born with the posting of my first essay, Christmas Past: The Toys I Played With—And How They Shaped Me – baltimoreblackwoman, written as an introduction to me and to the world I grew up in. My initial goal in starting the blog was to share my stories in the … More baltimoreblackwoman Celebrates 6th Anniversary!