School of Arts and Letters

Faculty Bio

Bio Image Michael Jackman

Michael Jackman, M.A., M.F.A.

Senior Lecturer in English (Writing)
Phone: (812) 941-2397
Office Location: KV 235D

Academic Background

University University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
Country: United States
Degree: A.B.D.
Major: Composition/Rhetoric
University University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky
Country: United States
Degree: M.A.
Major: Literature/Creative Writing
Spalding University
Louisville, Kentucky
Country: United States
Degree: M.F.A.
Major: Poetry
Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee
Country: United States
Degree: B.A.
Major: English
Minor: French


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.

Awards, Papers

  • Raynes Poetry Prize 2014 for "Mantua, 1606," judged by Joan Larkin
  • "The Strange History of Metaphor" paper presented at 2014 Kentucky Philological Assoc. Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • Louisville Society of Professional Journalists Award of Merit for the column Technicalities, which appeared in Snitch
  • Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred 2000 for "Abandoned Barns," judged by Mary Oliver

Poetry Sample

Mantua, 1606
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

Professional Interests

  • Creative Writing – Fiction/Poetry/CNF
  • Scholarly Writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • CNF
  • Composition and Creative Writing Pedagogy