Michael Jackman was born and raised in Queens, New York and received his BA in English from 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. In 2012 he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing-Poetry from the Spalding University MFA Program.
His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction has appeared many journals and magazines, including 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.
- 'Metre and Meaning In Jane Kenyon's "Song,"' published in vol. 14, no. 1, 2017, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.
- 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.
An avid lifelong musician, Michael is a member of the Americana/Roots trio Molly's Mutts, with whom he performs on vocals, guitar, dobro, and ukulele.
- University University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
- M.A. in Literature/Creative Writing
- Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing-Poetry
- Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
- B.A. in English, Major in English, Minor in French
Creative Writing – Fiction/Poetry/CNF Scholarly Writing Rhetoric Composition
Creative Writing Pedagogy, Community Engagement/Service Learning
- Michael Jackman. (2017). 'Metre and Meaning In Jane Kenyon's "Song,". New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 14 (1), 80-85.
Cooking, guitar, dobro, ukulele, flute, singing, hiking, homesteading, reading