Buzzy Jackson

Buzzy Jackson earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from UC Berkeley, where she wrote her first book, A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them (W.W. Norton: 2005). She has received numerous writing and teaching awards, including those from UC Berkeley, PEN-West and the American Library Association. She is currently a Research Affiliate at The Center of the American West at CU-Boulder. Buzzy writes for many online publications as well as for radio and film.

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Books by this Author

Shaking the Family Tree


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Modestly, obviously.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Casual cruelty.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) and Jack Torrance (The Shining).

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Ripe summer peaches from Colorado's Western Slope.

Author Voices

June 16, 2010

Well, it's a miracle we made the Shaking the Family Tree book page, anyway. Please check it out and, er, "Like" it!

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