Born in the Philippines in 1963, Jackson grew up in Berkeley, California. She earned a B.A. in art from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. She established her reputation as a literary author by writing the early hypertext fiction A Patchwork Girl (1993) and has continued to work in multiple media. Her story SKIN, for example, was tattooed on volunteers' skin (2003). She has also published a print novel, Half-Life, and short story collection, The Melancholy of Anatomy. Jackson teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School in New York City and the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland, where she is a writer-in-residence.
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