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.
His work has appeared many journals and magazines, including in A Narrow Fellow, Hospital Drive, The New Sound, New Southerner Magazine, Poetica, Scribblers on the Roof, The Merton Seasonal, The Louisville Review, and Tea: A Magazine, just to name a few, and 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.
Jackman was the recipient of the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists Award of Merit for his column Technicalities, which appeared in Snitch.
He also directs the Writers Workshop Project.