Discipline: Literature – fiction

Roland Jackson

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Milwaukee, WI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Roland Jackson is a fiction writer and a climbing arborist by trade. His stories are featured in Passages North and Wisconsin People & Ideas, and his work has been supported by the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing.

His M.F.A. is from the University of Montana, and his writing has been supported by the Periplus Collective and Baldwin for the Arts. He is the 2023-2024 Writer's Fellow for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

At MacDowell, Jackson completed a draft of his novel, Service Requests. It is a story about race, the vanishing tree canopy, and who gets to lay claim to it.



Roland Jackson worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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