Michael Jackman was born and raised in Queens, New York and attended Nashville's Belmont University. He attended graduate school at the University of Louisville, where he holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing (fiction) and also did Ph.D. work in Rhetoric and Composition. He began teaching at Indiana University Southeast in Fall 2005 and currently holds the rank of Senior Lecturer in Writing. He also is an editorial consultant for IU Southeast Alumni Magazine and New Southerner Magazine. He previously served on the executive committee of the American Jewish Press Association as well as on the board of InKY, which runs the InKY Reading Series. In 2012 he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing-Poetry from the Spalding University Low Residency MFA Program. He also directs the Writers Workshop Project.
His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared many journals and magazines, including in Hospital Drive, Jewish Currents, The Louisville Review, The Merton Seasonal, Motif Anthology, A Narrow Fellow, The New Sound, New Southerner, Poetica, Scribblers on the Roof, and Union anthology, just to name a few; he has performed his stories on folk singer John Gage's Kentucky Homefront radio show on WFPK. His feature writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Louisville Magazine, The Courier Journal, Louisville Eccentric Observer, Business Communication Quarterly, and Jewish Advocate among others. He has also had stories run on various public radio stations and shows, for instance, NPR's The Savvy Traveler and WFPL, Louisville Public Radio.
Second Place, Raynes Poetry Prize 2014
His Grace, Duke Gonzaga, exempted Salamone Rossi Hebreo, respected court musician and composer, from wearing the mandatory Jews’ Yellow Badge of Shame Rossi always kept tucked in his sleeve as he walked from Mantua’s ghetto to the court he fingered it like his viol, polyphonic voices winding in his head singing the badge of shame was pride no badge of shame was shame no badge of shame was pride the badge of shame was shame as he walked the no-man’s land between the ghetto and the court