Founded in 2018, Lucky Jefferson is a literary journal and trove 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 expect to enjoy our publications quarterly or four times a year.

We love hearing your voice:



NaBeela Washington, Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Patrese Washington, ​Literary Reviewer & HR Consultant

Olalekan Dada, ​Photography, Film, Music-in-Chief


Literary Illustrator Interns (Spring Cohort)

Janine Liu

Molly Mitchell

Sofia Brognara


Literary Illustrator Interns (Summer Cohort)

Jin Xia

YueTong Tsen

Anna Kim

Adrienne Krozack

Molly Churchill

Nelly Kabasele


Daisy Daniel’s  

Book Karnjanakit

Jasmine Ni

Janelle Edstrom

Cassie Grannan