Jabril was born in Pasedena, California, before relocating at the tender age of two months to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His childhood was spent reading and running around in the Riverwest neighborhood of northeastern Milwaukee where he also attended Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School. After Riverside, where he wrote for the school newspaper and dazzled teachers with his grasp of the English language, Jabril left Milwaukee to attend the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating in early 2010.
After graduation, Jabril returned to Milwaukee, falling back in love with the city he grew up in. He was drawn back toward writing as a vessel for self-expression and self-care.
Jabril published his first book, a 63-poem anthology, in January 2018. In an attempt to escape the sometimes-overwhelming weight of responsibility and capture the boundless beauty — and occasional dissonance — that exists between lives, Jabril focuses on the minutia to explain human connection and nature. Buy Taking Stock – $12
My Present/In Time, Jabril’s second poetry collection, expected in fall 2018, examines questions of life and death, freedom and oppression, and what it means to be ourselves.
Jabril started writing his first novel, My Name is Jackson Birch, in late 2012, and has completed a third draft of the forthcoming science-fiction work. Based in a world rife with government control and abuse of power, it is the story of a man reluctantly thrust into a position of leadership he isn’t ready for. In the process of fighting for freedom, Jackson learns what it means to be human.
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