Discipline: Literature – fiction

Jared Jackson

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: White Plains, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2021, 2023

Jared Jackson is a writer, editor, educator, and arts administrator. He is the program director of Literary Programs and Emerging Voices at PEN America. His work has received support from the Tin House Winter Workshop and has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Yale Review, Guernica, Kenyon Review, n+1, and elsewhere.

He received an M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University, where he was the recipient of a Chair’s Fellowship and Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship. He has been awarded residencies and fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Center for Fiction, Baldwin for the Arts, Tin House, and Plympton’s Writing Downtown Residency.

His short story “Bebo” was anthologized in the Best American Short Stories 2023, guest edited by Min Jin Lee. That story, and others, will be part of his debut story collection, Locals, which he has work on at MacDowell during both his 2021 and 2023 residencies. The stories follow the lives and dreams of young, local residents of his hometown of Hartford, CT. The manuscript in progress was named a finalist for the 2023 Granum Foundation Prize.

Portrait by Roqu Nonini



Jared Jackson worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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