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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

You must meet Jackie


Meet Jackie Jackson. If you don't know her, you should. She has mentored many writer. Maybe you. She’s written an array of children’s books over the years and tons of interesting and funny stories about growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Since retiring, she has finally sat down and concentrated on getting those big books published.

So far, two books fromThe Round Barn series have been spit out of the field. A third is on the way. One might call them farm life encyclopedias. Not that they are dry reading. They are not. Machinery workings, animal behavior or care, procedures and more are facts brilliantly woven into humorous and heart-touching tales. If you haven’t met Jackie over the years at Sangamon State University, UIS or around town, (you may know her from her Illinois Times poetry), meet her online at her website. Or hear her here on Harvest Public Media where she discusses her work. Listen all the way through and you'll really get a taste for how Jackie tells a story the way no one else can. She even sings a song or two.

NEW NOTE: Jackie's latest book is reviewed in the current edition of Agricultural History, the quarterly journal of the Agricultural History Society. Below is an excerpt from the review written by Arnold R. Alanen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison:  "The centerpiece of this book, the Dougan's round barn, was torn down in 2012 after efforts to preserve the building proved unsuccessful; eventually, the expansion of Beloit will convert the farmland into subdivisions and commercial properties. It is therefore fortunate that a skillful author such as Jacqueline Dougan Jackson has written this account of an unusual southern Wisconsin farm (two more volumes are planned). We should hope that biographies of other farms, both unique and typical, achieve such excellence."

Email story ideas to astienstra@illinoistimes.com. Email poems for possible blog posting to bornapoet@yahoo.com.

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