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Born in Northern Michigan, Jackson is a hapa fiction writer. He has a BA in comp lit from Oberlin College, a MFA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame where he was the Fiction Fellow + the 2007 Sparks Prize winner + a PhD in English/Creative Writing from USC where he was a three-time ACE/Nikaido fellow, a FLAS fellow in Japanese + a College Merit Award Fellow, working on his dissertation with TC Boyle + Aimee Bender. A former Americorps volunteer + Argentina expat, Jackson returned to his beloved hometown of Chicago after living in LA, Seattle, Portland, New Haven + Buenos Aires. Jackson's work has appeared in the Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Fiction, Quarterly West, ZYZZYVA, Fiction International, Notre Dame Review, African American Review, Kartika Review, Quarter After Eight, Connecticut Review, Stand (UK), South Loop Review + 3:am Magazine, among others.