Maria Jackson is a former BA Honours English student from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. During her time at this institution she became fascinated with the work of Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder and completed a dissertation on the writing of Jack Kerouac. Since then her interests have remained within the domain of Beat Literature and Post Colonialism. She is currently an M.Phil. candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where she is working on a thesis and several publications exploring the relationship between the Beat Generation, masculinity and its historical context. She will soon be commencing a Ph.D. on racial politics in the writing of Amiri Baraka.