Michael Jackman was born and raised in Queens, New York and attended Nashville's Belmont University. In 1992, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend graduate school at the University of Louisville, where he holds an MA in lit and creative writing and 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.
His work has appeared many journals and magazines, including in 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 journalistic work has appeared in publications such as Louisville Magazine, The Courier Journal, Louisville Eccentric Observer, Business Communication Quarterly, and Jewish Advocate among many others. He has also had stories run on various public radio stations and shows as The Savvy Traveler on NPR as well as stories on stations WFPK, WFPL, WMKY, WUKY, and WKMS.
Jackman was the recipient of the Louisville Society of Professional Journalists Award of Merit in 2005 for his column Technicalities, which appeared in Snitch.