Jared Jackson is the literary programs coordinator at PEN America. Previously, he worked to strengthen progressive organizations through effective communications strategy, research, and community outreach. Jackson received his BA in political science and English from Trinity College and is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University, where he teaches fiction in the undergraduate creative writing program. Jackson is a writer with a deep interest in racial, social, economic, and gender equality. His work has received support from the Tin House Winter Workshop and has appeared in the Columbia Journal and Ploughshares blog, and was a 2019 finalist for the Iowa Review Award. He is working on his first collection of short fiction.