Founded in 2018, Lucky Jefferson is an award-winning literary journal that generates interactive conversations around poetry and art by reforming the way journals are produced and shared. 

Lucky Jefferson is proud to feature poets and writers who have never been published, marginalized perspectives, and those who sought to pursue writing later in life.

We exist to create spaces for those who wish to see themselves represented more boldly in the world; and we help those same few build an audience and reimagine joy for their work. 

You can enjoy our print publications quarterly or four times a year.

Learn more about us here and check out our latest interview here.

We love hearing your voice:


NaBeela Washington, Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Patrese Washington, ​HR Consultant & Poetry Reader 

Melanie Hucklebridge, Guest Editor (Awake)

Ailun Shi, Guest Editor (Gibberish)



Literary Illustrator Interns (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Editorial Interns (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Public Relation Interns (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Professional Extensive (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Former Contributors/Editors

Brandon McWilliams / Morgan Christie / Abigail Lopez

In Other News

Lucky Jefferson was featured in Poets & Writers annual Independent Publishing Issue.

Lucky Jefferson was announced as a finalist (and winner of Best Debut) of the 2021 FIRECRACKER AWARDS by The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. Celebrate with us.

Lucky Jefferson‘s Mohamed Elhassan was recognized nationally by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his poem in Awake.

Jim Harrington asks NaBeela Washington six burning questions.