Founded in 2018, Lucky Jefferson is a literary journal that confronts the challenges poets face as they seek publication and exposure. Readers can expect literature that highlights refreshing contemporary perspectives and promotes cultural diversity while fostering inclusive creativity.

Lucky Jefferson isn’t your typical literary journal—we generate constructive and interactive conversations around poetry, art, and publishing and redefine the way journals are produced and shared with readers and writers.

We are proud to feature poets who have never been published, marginalized voices, and those who sought to pursue poetry and writing later in life; we enjoy creating space for budding writers to build an audience and confidence in their work. You can enjoy our 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 

Abigail Lopez, Guest Editor


Abigail Lopez

Literary Illustrator Interns (Summer ’21 Cohort)

Seulgi Smith
Casey Beifuss
Josie O’Neal-Odom
Grace Heinz
CJ (Ji-Yoon) Han
Caitlyn Lee
Gabriela Vega
Ashley Meru

Dramatic Writing Interns (Summer ’21 Cohort)

Katreana Bellew

Editorial Interns (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Public Relation Interns (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Professional Extensive (Spring ’22 Cohort)


Former Contributors/Editors

Brandon McWilliams / Morgan Christie

In Other News

Lucky Jefferson was announced as a finalist 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.