About Issa Jackson: The Poetic Hero
Shomari Issa Jackson, born in Sacramento, California, on March 16, 1997, faced an early challenge with the loss of his twin brother at birth. His middle childhood among six siblings gave him a unique opportunity to learn from older family members while guiding his younger ones. His family encouraged him to discover his artistic voice through positive programs.
At 13, he performed poetry on stage for the first time at the Guild Theatre, igniting his passion for the arts and sparking his journey of self-discovery. He went on to embrace the stage name “Issa.” He became a Master of Ceremonies (MC) and Master Creator, achieving significant milestones, including being crowned the Brave New Voices MC Olympic International Champion in 2015 at just 18 years old.
Issa has overcome mental health struggles, environmental concerns, and the experiences of being a Black male in America. Today, he serves as a Youth Advocate in the mental health sector and an educator in schools. Issa’s great-grandmother, Sarah Webster Fabio, was an American poet in the late 60s and 70s whose jazz records are found in the Smithsonian Center for Folklife Archives and Cultural Heritage. Inspired by his great-grandmother and motivated by the Sacramento community that nurtured him, Issa’s mission is to use his voice to inspire others to discover their inner greatness and always encourage them to “Keep going.”